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Aliaksandra Sasnovich stuns Elina Svitolina in Brisbane

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Aliaksandra Sasnovich upset number 1 seed and defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4 0-6 6-3 to reach the quarter final at the WTA Premier tournament in Brisbane.

Svitolina beat Sasnovich 6-1 6-2 in the final of the 2018 Brisbane International. Twelve months later Sasnovich took the re-match beating world number 4 player Svitolina in three sets.

Svitolina saved five break points to hold her serve in the opening game. Sasnovich drew the first blood in the third game, but Svitolina broke back in the 6th game. Sasnovich took another break in the 10th game at love to win the first set 6-4.

Svitolina got an early brek in the second game and cruised through to a bagel win in the second set with twomore breaks in the second and fourth games forcing the match to the third set.

Sasnovich got a break lead in the third game of the decisive set to take a 3-1 lead. The player from Belarus held serve with a backhand winner moving to within a game of winning the match. Sasnovich came back from 0-40 down, when she was serving for the win, and closed it out with a break on her first match point in the ninth game.

 “It was a really tough match. From my perspective, the first set was really good but the second not so good”,said Sasnovich.

Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit upset 2011 Brisbane champion and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-5 7-6 (7-1) after 1 hour and 38 minutes. The Estonian player reached her career-high of world number 20 at the end of the 2018 season.

Kontaveit started her  season with a straight-set win over Carla Suarez Navarro. Kvitova did not recover from her match against Danielle Collins, where she came back from one set down in her 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

The first set went on serve in the first 10 games before Kontaveit got the first break in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead. Kontaveit served out in the 12th game to clinch the first set 7-5. Kvitova got an early break at the start of the second set. Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Kvitova broke again to open up a 4-2 lead and held serve at love. Kontaveit pulled the break back in the ninth game and held serve at deuce to draw level to 5-5. Both players held their service games en route to the tie-break. Kontaveit dropped just one point to win the tie-break 7-1 clinching her ninth win against a top-ten player.

Kontaveit will face Tesla Tsurenko, who beat Kimberly Birrell iin straight sets. Tsurenko beat Kontaveit in Guangzhou 2016, but the Estonian player took a re.match against the Ukrainian player in s’Hertogenbosch semifinal in 2017 en route to winning her first career title.

Former Brisbane champion Karolina Pliskova beat qualifier Marie Bouzkova 7-5 6-2 setting up a match against Alja Tomljanovic, who upset Johanna Konta 6-2 7-6 (7-2). Konta broke serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead. Tomljanovic broke straight back to force the second set to the tie-break, where Tomljanovic cruised through to 7-2.

Donna Vekic overcame number 6 seed Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-5. Anastasja Sevastova reeled off ten consecutive games from 2-2 in the first set to beat Harriet Dart 6-2 6-0 setting up a quarter final against British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-2 6-0.

 

 

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WATCH: Fans Fight Over Aryna Sabalenka’s Headband Before Security Takes Item Away

Watch the moment two tennis fans lose it over a headband!

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It is traditional for a player to celebrate their victory by throwing some of their unwanted items into the crowd. However, at the Australian Open Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka got more than she bargained for.

The 11th seed moved into the third round of the tournament on Wednesday following a 6-3, 6-4, win over Great Britain’s Katie Boulter. Recording her seventh win of the season. Shortly after her victory, she threw her headband into the crowd at the Melbourne Arena. Inadvertently creating a tug of war between two stubborn tennis fans. Resulting in them both being escorted off the premises!

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Following the both bizarre and funny showdown between the two spectators, many are wondering who the winner was. Ironically, it was neither. According to Sporting News, security escorted both women away and then took the item from them as they couldn’t agree as to who should get it.

I guess you can’t win them all!

The two ladies involved in the tussle (image via https://twitter.com/standardsport)

 

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Kiki Bertens knocked out by Pavlyuchenkova

Pavlyuchenkova earned a big win over 9th seed Bertens, while Sasnovich also stunned 20th seed Kontaveit.

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Kiki Bertens became the highest seeded casualty in the women’s draw so far when she lost an entertaining three-set encounter 3-6 6-3 6-3 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The Dutchwoman, 27, had her best-ever year on the WTA tour in 2018. She won three titles, including the Premier 5 event in Cincinnati, but she will not back up those successes with a good run in Melbourne.

In the first set, Bertens looked comfortable as she broke Pavlyuchenkova twice to establish a 5-1 lead. However, the Russian gained a foothold in the match when she earned her first break in the seventh game.

Pavlyuchenkova built on that momentum in the second set when she went 3-0 up thanks to an early break. And she continued to serve impressively to level the match at one-set all.

The decider was more unpredictable. The Russian broke in the first game, but her Dutch opponent responded with an immediate break back.

However, Pavlyuchenkova’s groundstrokes looked in excellent working order by this stage and she used them to great effect to break Bertens twice more in the fifth and ninth games to take the set 6-3 and clinch a superb win.

“I’m really happy with the win and the way I played today,” the Russian said in her post-match interview. “She is a very tough opponent so that is a great win for me.”

Sasnovich shocks Kontaveit

Pavlyuchenkova’s opponent in round three will be another seed-killer after Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat 20th seed Anett Kontaveit 6-3 6-3.

The Belarussian claimed a headline-grabbing win over Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon last year and she is in scintillating form so far in 2019.

Sasnovich, 24, reached the quarter-final in Brisbane and the semi-final in Sydney and she has carried that momentum into the Australian Open.

She thrashed former Grand Slam semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens 6-1 6-1 in the first round and then beat Kontaveit almost as convincingly.

Stephens, Garcia and Martic advance

Sloane Stephens had no such trouble in her match against Timea Babos. She beat the Hungarian 6-3 6-1 to set up a third round meeting with Petra Martic, who took out Marketa Vondrousova 6-4 7-5.

Caroline Garcia also looks to be in good form. She backed up a first-round victory over qualifier Jessika Ponchet with a 6-3 6-3 win over Australian wildcard Zoe Hives.

 

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Naomi Osaka takes straight set win to cruise through to the second round

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Last year’s US Open champion and number 4 seed Naomi Osaka beat Magda Linette 6-4 6-2 in 58 minutes to cruise through to the second round at the Australian Open.

Osaka avenged her 6-2 3-6 6-3 defeat against Linette, who won their most recent defeat in the second round at Washington last summer.

The US-based Japanese player claimed four breaks of serve and hit 30 winners to just 16 unforced errors.

Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games to draw level to 2-2. Osaka earned her second consecutive break in the fifth game to take  a 3-2 lead and held three consecutive service games at love to close out the opening set 6-4. The Japanese player held his service games in his service games and got two breaks in the third and seventh games to close out the second set 6-2.

Osaka won 24 of her 25 points behind her first serve and fired six aces.

The 21-year-old Japanese player will take on Tamara Zidansek, who stunned Daria Gavrilova 7-5 6-3 in her debut at the Australian Open.

“I had a lot of fun. It’s not often that I get to play a night match at Rod Laver. For me it was the first time. I did not feel nervous either, which was a bit unexpected. I thought that I would, being that it’s the first match. I just felt like I had a lot of fun today. For me it was more a test. I was testing myself on how well I can move”,said Osaka.

This year’s Brisbane International champion Karolina Pliskova broke serve four times and dropped her serve twice to cruise past her compatriot Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-2.

Elina Svitolina dropped just three games in her 6-1 6-2 win over Viktorija Golubic with five breaks of serve.

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