MELBOURNE (Reuters) – After failing to defend her Australian Open title, Sofia Kenin’s trip to Melbourne got even worse on Sunday when the American suffered a shock defeat by unranked local teenager Olivia Gadecki in the second round of the Phillip Island Trophy.
Three days earlier, Kenin had admitted to struggling under the pressure of defending her maiden Grand Slam title as she was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Estonian Kaia Kanepi on Margaret Court Arena.
Kenin went on to take a wildcard into the WTA 250 event, also taking place on the Melbourne Park grounds, but was knocked out by the 18-year-old Gadecki 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4.
Gadecki saved two break points in the final game before serving out for the biggest win of her fledgling career.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)