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WTA roundup: Sofia Kenin comes from behind in Adelaide

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Sep 7, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Sofia Kenin of the United States hits the ball against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day eight of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Sofia Kenin of the United States hits the ball against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day eight of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 seed Sofia Kenin rallied from a set down to oust Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the second round of the Adelaide International on Thursday.

The 23-year-old American went 5-for-9 in converting break-point opportunities and saved 10 of 16 break points while absorbing Tomljanovic’s 10 aces. The victory sets her up to face another Australian home-crowd favorite, world No. 1 Ash Barty, in the quarterfinals.

No. 5 seed Iga Swiatek of Poland swept Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-1, 6-2. Swiatek never faced a break point and won 27 of 32 first-service points (84.4 percent) while capitalizing on Fernandez’s five double faults.

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus eliminated Australia’s Priscilla Hon 6-3, 7-5, while Japan’s Misaki Doi advanced with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Anastasia Gasanova of Russia.

Melbourne Summer Set 1

No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka of Japan needed just 58 minutes to defeat German Maryna Zanevska 6-1, 6-1, in the second round in Melbourne.

It was an easier time for the four-time major champ after going three sets and more than two hours against her first-round opponent, Alize Cornet of France. Osaka won 18 of 20 first-service points (90 percent) and never had to defend a break point.

The second and third seeds also advanced to the quarters. Romanian Simona Halep breezed past countrywoman Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-2, 6-1, while Veronika Kudermetova of Russia needed three sets to defeat American Madison Brengle 6-0, 3-6, 7-5.

Other winners were Swiss No. 6 seed Viktorija Golubic, Ana Konjuh of Croatia, Qinwen Zheng of China, Anastasia Potapova of Russia and Andrea Petkovic of Germany.

Melbourne Summer Set 2

Two seeded players fell in the second round in Melbourne, as Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia took down Spanish No. 4 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (3), 6-4, and American Amanda Anisimova upset Romanian No. 5 seed Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1, in just 67 minutes.

No. 3 seed Daria Kasatkina was also at risk of bowing out early, but she used a strong third set to defeat upset-minded Madison Keys of the U.S. 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.

Other winners included No. 6 seed Clara Tauson of Denmark, No. 7 seed Ann Li of the U.S., Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain, Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus and Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.

–Field Level Media