Kenin into Abu Dhabi round 3 after Flipkens injures ankle

Image Credit WTA

Image Credit WTA

The hard-hitting Anisimova is among a crop of rising American women making waves in the sport, a group that includes Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 22, and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

"I know how good she can play, I know how fast she can play".

The ninth-seeded Sakkari faced four break points, but saved them all in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Anastasia Potapova.

"I think maybe not to get rid of it, but just to push it a little bit more back", Kenin said. What happened in the past happened in the past, and I'm just focusing on every match.

But top seed Kenin - the 2020 WTA Player of the Year - had to stay patient as she took down 789th-ranked Yang Zhaoxuan 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

However, the same couldn't be said for three other seeded players. It was the Russian's first match since October, and Wang's first since March. "Conditions weren't easy, it was quite windy". The year's first major has been delayed three weeks but is set to get underway on February 8. I couldn't find the ball, I guess. "But second set I showed up strong and of course I feel like it's because of the lack of matches for me".

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"Today, the 5'7" American showed some sting on serve snapping off 11 aces to offset eight double faults. She outpointed Yang 101-89.

The WTA competition is now due to begin on March 8 before the men's tournament is scheduled to start on March 13.

Although exempt from Abu Dhabi's mandatory 10-day quarantine, players must adhere to strict rules limiting their movement to just the hotel and the tournament site at Zayed Sports City.

Jabeur won on the only previous occasion she and Sabalenka have met, securing a three-set win in round three of the delayed 2020 French Open.

Brady banged a forehand victor to save a match point and eventually hold for 4-5 forcing Zidansek to serve it out.

"I'll write to her later tonight, asking how she is". "This is not the way I wanted to win". Sabalenka overcame a first-set deficit, down 2-5 to push the first set to a tie-break, which she won. I was trying to hit the returns to find a smooth motion. Keep playing, keep moving.

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