Sports Tennis 06 Mar 2020 Battling Kenin saves ...

Battling Kenin saves match point to make Lyon quarters

AFP
Published Mar 6, 2020, 9:41 am IST
Updated Mar 6, 2020, 9:41 am IST
Second seed Kristina Mladenovic crashes out in the second round after losing to Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam
Sofian Kenin. PTI file photo
 Sofian Kenin. PTI file photo

Lyon: Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin fought off a match point against world number 174 Jacqueline Cristian to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA event in Lyon on Thursday.

Kenin, who had lost her opening matches in both Dubai and Doha in recent weeks, made it consecutive wins in Lyon as she scraped through 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4.

 

The fifth-ranked American was on the brink of defeat as Romania's Cristian had match point on her serve at 5-4. Kenin rallied to break her opponent and then forced a third set.

The top seed failed to serve out victory while leading 5-3 in the decider but sealed her place in the next round with a break in the following game.                Kenin, 21, will next meet France's Oceane Dodin, who received a walkover against Jil Teichmann of Switzerland.

Second seed Kristina Mladenovic crashed out in the second round after a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam.

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Location: France, Rhône-Alpes, Lyon




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