Despite of her dynamic start in the game and the first winning set, the Greek champion didn’t continue with the same attitude, losing the next two sets by Magda Linette, and facing an early elimination in her debut for Hobart International.
It was definitely an unsuccessful result for Sakkari, who had shown in very good shape at the recent Hopman Cup, and she started from No 4 of the board in the tournament.
It is noteworthy that the top 4 of the board, including Sakkari, have all been eliminated on their debut in the tournament today. Caroline Garcia (No. 1), Mihaela Buzărnescu (No 2) and Zhang Shuai (No 3), while No 5 of the board, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, was also eliminated yesterday.
The big favourite now, is No 6 of the draw, Alizé Cornet from France, who beat Alison Bai 6-4, 6-2 and qualified to the next round in which she will play against compatriot Pauline Parmentier.
Source: hobartinternational.com.au, Tennis Australia
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