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Adelaide high seed Sabalenka handed shock defeat by Peterson

Aryna Sabalenka

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Panamerican Tennis Middle, Guadalajara, Mexico – November 15, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts throughout her group stage match in opposition to Greece’s Maria Sakkari REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo

World quantity two Aryna Sabalenka’s preparations for the Australian Open suffered one other setback on Tuesday with a shock 5-7 6-1 7-5 defeat by Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson within the first spherical of the Adelaide Worldwide.

The Belarusian high seed dedicated 21 double faults in an error-strewn efficiency which consigned her to a second defeat in as many matches after being crushed by Kaja Juvan, then ranked world quantity 100, in Adelaide final week.

“Actually, this was the weirdest match I’ve ever performed,” Peterson mentioned after her win over the two-time Grand Slam semifinalist in two hours 18 minutes. “It was robust staying in there, however I knew she was struggling lots.”

Peterson, ranked 93rd on the planet, will subsequent face American Madison Brengle, who beat Russian Anastasia Potapova 7-5 4-6 6-1.

Additionally advancing to the following spherical was Slovenian fourth seed Tamara Zidansek, who fought again from a set down in opposition to Heather Watson to say a 2-6 6-2 7-6(4) win.

In a while Tuesday, American third seed Coco Gauff will tackle Katerina Siniakova, whereas Sorana Cirstea faces Anhelina Kalinina.

Within the males’s ATP 250 event, Kwon Quickly-woo, who in September turned the primary South Korean to win a title on the ATP Tour in 18 years, beat fifth seed Lloyd Harris 5-7 7-5 6-4.

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