Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff Suffer Setback Ahead of Australian Open 2021, Stunned at WTA 500 Melbourne




WTA 500 Melbourne saw not one but two great upsets today. Firstly, Great Britain’s Katie Boulter successfully caused an upset for the American talent Cori Gauff ‘Coco’. And then, the Estonian professional Kaia Kanepi ceased the winning streak of the Belarusian World No.4 Aryna Sabalenka.

Both the fine players lost their match in three sets. And, it highlights that the season is only going to get tougher from here on.

While Coco gave up a good lead to the British professional, Aryna had been out of her rhythm from the time she entered the court. They both will not be a part of the Round of 16 of the tournament.

Aryna Sabalenka loses to Kaia Kanepi with two breadsticks

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrates after winning a point during her Women’s Singles second-round match against Daria Kasatkina of Russia on day five of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

This loss came as a big surprise as it ended the 15-match winning streak of Aryna Sabalenka. The winner of the Abu Dhabi 2021 has failed to pass the Kaia test in the Round of 32 of WTA 500 Melbourne tournament. Undoubtedly, Kaia Kanepi played unbelievably well throughout the match.

Additionally, the scoreline will haunt for many of the following days. As a professional athlete, she has a greater test set for her in the next week. The final scoreline showed 1-6, 6-2, 1-6.

Moving ahead, World No.4 will need serious training to prepare herself for the Australian Open 2021 starting next week. Last year, Sabalenka did not even clear the first round of the Happy Slam.

To make 2021 her breakthrough season, she only has to go upwards from now on. And given her competitions’ rising potential, the 22-year-old will need to analyse her setbacks in no time.

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With Aryna, #48 Coco Gauff blew a lead against Katie Boulter

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Coco Gauff of the United States of America plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first-round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Another upset was the 16-year-old Coco Gauff failing in 3 three sets to Katie Boulter. Evidently, this will be a big setback for her right at the start of her new season.

Initially, Gauff took a lead in the match with 6 games to 3. However, she could not manage to find the control back in the game. And the former World. 82 took complete advantage of the teenager’s loose grip.

Even in the last match, she barely managed to get through Jil Teichmann. But this time, it did not work out the same way for the Coco.

Boulter snatched the game from the American’s hands to finish it at 6-3, 5-7, 2-6. She will now face the winner between Japan’s Naomi Osaka and France’s Alize Cornet in the Round of 16.

Now, Coco and Aryna will head to the training grounds to come back stronger from this. And considering their length of talent, it is not impossible. But can they manage to return from this upset at the Australian Open?

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