Sofia Kenin beats Yulia Putintseva to achieve Abu Dhabi quarterfinals


Sofia Kenin

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin of america got here again from match level all the way down to beat Yulia Putintseva and attain the quarterfinals of the Abu Dhabi Open on Sunday.

Kenin posted 57 unforced errors to Putintseva’s 43 however nonetheless prevailed Three-6, 7-6 (5), 6-Four over the 13th-seeded Putintseva.

“I felt like immediately was extra of a psychological match. I apply along with her quite a bit so I do know her sport effectively,” Kenin mentioned. “I am simply proud of the way in which that I fought regardless that I wasn’t feeling 100% on courtroom.”

Kenin dropped the opening set for the second consecutive match in Abu Dhabi. Putintseva had match level when serving at 6-5 up within the second set, however Kenin saved the purpose and broke Putintseva’s serve to take the set to a tiebreak.

Subsequent up is a quarterfinal match with ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari, who beat former French Open and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-Four, posting 33 winners to 5 for the extra defensive Muguruza. Kenin gained her two earlier matches towards Sakkari, each in three units in 2018.

Additionally, Elina Svitolina saved two match factors in a final-set tiebreak to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (eight) for a spot within the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Ukrainian faces one other Russian opponent, Veronika Kudermetova, within the subsequent spherical.

“I used to be simply attempting to be centered on each level and never let this match take away the great tennis that I performed within the first set,” Svitolina mentioned.

Aryna Sabalenka recorded her 12th consecutive win in tour matches with a 6-2, 6-Four win over Ons Jabeur. The fourth-seeded Sabalenka earned a measure of revenge for her defeat to Jabeur of their solely earlier match within the third spherical of the French Open in October.

“I did not give her any time to play, to make her trick photographs,” Sabalenka mentioned. “At Roland Garros, the courts have been actually sluggish and she or he had time and it was actually tough tennis. I believe this was the important thing to immediately’s win.”

Sabalenka has gained each match she’s performed for the reason that loss to Jabeur at Roland Garros, and completed final season with titles on the indoor Ostrava and Linz tournaments.

The win over Jabeur units up a quarterfinal match towards sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina, who beat Daria Kasatkina 6-Three, 6-Four of their third-round match.

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