Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin reached the third round of the Abu Dhabi Open on Friday after her opponent Kirsten Flipkens injured her ankle and needed to retire. Flipkens gained the primary set 7-5 and was 5-4 down within the second when she jumped to play a shot and landed closely on her left ankle, which twisted beneath her.
Flipkens broke Kenin’s serve 5 instances within the first set, together with breaking the American to like in consecutive service video games to take the primary set after Kenin had served for the set with a 5-4 lead.
Kenin performs both thirteenth-seeded Yulia (*3*) or Barbora Krejcikova within the third round.
Also, the fifteenth-seeded Ons Jabeur gained 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 towards Kateryna Bondarenko of their second-round match. Jabeur, an Australian Open quarterfinalist final yr, will play both fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka or Ajla Tomljanovic within the third round.