Saville conquers Kenin as seeds fall in Hobart

ON a day that mostly went to plan for seeded players at the Adelaide International, it didn’t go to plan for all in Hobart with some big names falling.

One of them was Sofia Kenin, with the tournament’s sixth seed going down in straight sets to Australian Daria Saville.

After the first set went to a tiebreaker, Saville went on to race through the second set, ultimately winning 7-6, 6-1.

Although Saville served more double faults than Kenin, she smashed 13 aces compared to Kenin’s one. She also crucially had a high first serve percentage and saved more break points than her American opponent did. Her first and second serve points won figures were pretty low though, but still significantly better than Kenin’s.

Kenin was not the only seed to fall, with Tatjana Maria, Varvara Gracheva, Xinyu Wang and Marie Bouzkova also losing. However, it was not a total disaster of a day for those at the top, with Emma Navarro, Lin Zhu and Elise Mertens all progressing.


Over in Adelaide, Veronika Kudermetova was the sole seed who fell after being narrowly beaten in straight sets by Ekaterina Alexandrova.

With the 6-4, 6-4 scoreline perhaps an indication of how close their rankings are, Alexandrova ultimately prevailed, winning many of the stats categories.

She served five more aces than Kudermetova, but also serves one less double fault. She also had a much higher first serve percentage and first serve points won percentage, and saved significantly more break points.

Alexandrova now moves on to face Elena Rybakina, after the tournament’s top seed defeated Spaniard Cristina Busca in straight sets.

Rybakina was not the only seed to pick up a win in Adelaide yesterday, with Jessica Pegula and Jelena Ostapenko also winning.

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