Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady suffered a devastating defeat in under an hour to Anett Kontaveit in the opening round of the WTA’s Qatar Open.
Brady lost to two-time champion Naomi Osaka in a tough Australian Open final last month.
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But after her sensational charge into the final, the American’s first match since the Grand Slam didn’t go to plan as Kontaveit dominated her 6-1, 6-2 in a match that lasted 53 minutes.
“I was expecting a very, very tough match but I’m very happy with the way I played and very pleased to get to the second round,” Kontaveit said after the match.
Brady hit a whopping 25 unforced errors and was just unable to find a way back into the match.
Kontaveit didn’t face a single break point throughout the match.
Even fans were surprised to just how quickly Brady was dispatched.
Anett Kontaveit plays a great match to easy beat AusOpen runner up Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-2 in 57 minutes and reach the 2nd round in Doha.
It was always going to be a very tough R1 for Jenny, but that was… quick.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 1, 2021
In her first match after the Australian Open final, Jennifer Brady loses to Anett Kontaveit.
The Estonian defeats the American 6-1, 6-2 in the #QatarTotalOpen2021 first round. It took less than an hour.
— Biola Solace-Chukwu (@Beeorlicious) March 1, 2021
Kontaveit will play three-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber in the second round after the German beat wildcard Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey 6-4 6-2.
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Garbine Muguruza beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to book a second-round match with third seed and last year’s Doha winner, Aryna Sabalenka, who had a first-round bye.
“Good match ahead,” Muguruza said.
“I’m excited to face these top players. I feel like every match is hard.”
Eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka needed six match points to get past veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3.
Azarenka will play Elena Rybakina or Laura Siegemund in the second round.
Kiki Bertens returned after five months off the tour and was dumped 6-0, 6-2 by Jelena Ostapenko.
It was the 11th-ranked Dutch player’s first match since a fourth-round loss at the French Open in October and a subsequent achilles tendon operation.
She missed the Australian Open to build up fitness.
Maria Sakkari eased past Mayar Sherif 6-0, 6-3 in the first round.
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