Kenin fights back tears after early Dubai exit
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.
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