Edited By: Amrit Santlani
Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 11:22 IST
Former world quantity 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza bowed out of the Australian Open 2023 in the primary spherical.
She confronted off in opposition to Elise Mertens of Belgium and the latter registered a comeback win sending Muguruza again house.
The 2020 Australian Open finalist misplaced 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 to the 26th-seeded Mertens. While Muguruza started the competition very well, successful the primary set with out breaking a lot sweat, in the second sport issues circled.
The 27-year-old Mertens fought again valiantly to maintain herself alive in the match and finally pressured a tie-breaker, successful the second set.
Having been surprised by her opponent, Muguruza fully misplaced her momentum and the Belgian prevailed 6-1 in the ultimate set, making it a one-sided finish to the competition.
The former French Open and Wimbledon champion exits the Australian Open in the primary spherical however the Spanish-Venezuelan athlete might be hoping to bounce again from the setback.
In different outcomes on day two of the Melbourne showpiece, fourth seed Caroline Garcia additionally made her method into the second spherical, beating Canadia’s Katherine Sebov 6-Three 6-0 in straight units.
Furthermore, native crowd favourite Kimberly Birrell registered a large upset as she eradicated 31st seed Kaia Kanepi.
Interestingly, Kimberly was given a route into the primary draw after Venus Williams pulled out of the Australian Open, and the previous produced an important comeback to take house a memorable 3-6 7-6(4) 6-1 win.
Elsewhere, Dominic Thiem additionally suffered an analogous destiny to that of Muguruza as he was upset by Andrey Rublev, whereas the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Iga Swiatek all progressed into the second spherical.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal was additionally made to work arduous for his first win, as he battled previous Jack Draper, whereas Victoria Azarenka beat Sofia Kenin to advance on the latter’s expense.
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