ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin of the US got here again from match level right down to beat Yulia Putintseva and attain the quarterfinals of the Abu Dhabi Open on Saturday.
Kenin posted 57 unforced errors to Putintseva’s 43 however nonetheless prevailed 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 over the Thirteenth-seeded Putintseva.
“I felt like in the present day was extra of a psychological match. I apply together with her quite a bit so I do know her recreation nicely,” Kenin stated. “I’m simply pleased with the best way that I fought although I wasn’t feeling 100% on court docket.”
Kenin dropped the opening set for the second consecutive match in Abu Dhabi. Putintseva had match level when serving for the match 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, 6-4, posting 33 winners to 5 for the extra defensive Muguruza. Kenin gained her two earlier matches in opposition to Sakkari, each in three units in 2018.
Additionally, Aryna Sabalenka recorded her twelfth consecutive win in tour matches with a 6-2, 6-4 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 didn’t give her any time to play, to make her trick photographs,” Sabalenka stated. “At Roland Garros, the courts had been actually sluggish and she or he had time and it was actually tough tennis. I feel this was the important thing to in the present day’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 in opposition to sixth-seeded Elena Rybakina, who beat Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-4 of their third-round match.
Extra AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports