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Kenin fights back tears after early Dubai exit

19th February 2020, 15:54 by Simon Barlow

Sofia Kenin fought back the tears on Tuesday after losing her first WTA Tour match since her stunning Australian Open success.

Kenin was beaten 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-3 by Elena Rybakina in the first round at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The Melbourne champion appeared somewhat stunned as she left the court after a two-hour battle with the rising Kazakh talent and journalists at the post-match press conference later noticed that she looked like she had been crying.

"I'm really upset about this," Kenin said.

"If I wouldn't be hard on myself, I wouldn't have good results.

"I need to be hard on myself in order to make sure I'm still in check and doing what I want to do and playing how I want to play."

The new world number seven was not the only star name to be dumped out of the tournament on Tuesday, however, with title-holder Belinda Bencic sent crashing by 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the hands of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The woman who had won the two editions prior to Bencic, third seed Elina Svitolina, was hammered 6-2, 6-1 by qualifier Jennifer Brady.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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