Australian Open: Coco Gauff, Sofia Kenin knocked out

Coco Gauff and Sofia Kenin were knocked out on Day 1 of 2022 Australian Open

Coco Gauff and Sofia Kenin were knocked out on Day 1 of 2022 Australian Open

Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and 18th seed Coco Gauff were two of the biggest names to be knocked out of the Australian Open on Day 1.

The 11th-seeded Kenin was beaten by 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys 7-6 (2), 7-5 in an all-American match-up.

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Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, will drop a lot closer to No. 100 after a first-round exit at Melbourne Park on Monday.

Unforced errors

Gauff went out in a blaze of unforced errors, losing 6-4, 6-2 to China’s Wang Qiang.

The youngest player in the draw at 17, Gauff was dominated by the world number 110 in just 73 minutes of action on Margaret Court Arena.

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Wang is coached by Australian great Pat Cash, but joked that the 1987 Wimbledon champion has not forced her to wear his trademark chequered headband during matches – not yet anyway.

“Only during practice, yeah,” she laughed. “I just do what he tells me. I think I did really well today, right?”

Ons Jabuer pulls out

Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur has been forced to withdraw from the Australian Open with a back injury.

She has been replaced by lucky loser Irina Bara.

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No 9 seed Jabeur was scheduled to face Spanish world No.64 Nuria Parrizas Diaz in the opening round.

Key results

Men’s singles
Alexander Zverev bt Daniel Altmaier 7-6 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (1)
Matteo Berrettini bt Brandon Nakashima 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3
Tallon Griekspoor bt Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Women’s singles
Ash Barty bt Lesia Tsurenko 6-0, 6-1
Naomi Osaka bt Camila Osorio 6-3, 6-3
Maria Sakkari bt T Maria 6-4, 7-6 (2)