Australian Open 2021 - Defending champion Sofia Kenin is knocked out by in-form Kaia Kanepi
Sofia Kenin is out of the Australian Open. The 2021 Australian Open is live on Eurosport. Watch every match live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and eurosport.co.uk. You can download the Eurosport app for iOS and Android now. The opening Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne runs from February 8 until February 21.
Sofia Kenin of the US leaves after losing against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi during their women's singles match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
The first set lasted 35 minutes with the American making too many unforced errors (13) having been broken by the 35-year-old in the fourth game. Kenin slammed her racket into the ground in frustration after dropping the set.
Kenin, who looked to be playing with nerves, started the second set well after a toilet break and comfortably took the first game, but ruthless Kanepi went a break up and never looked back, getting another one at 5-2 up en route to producing arguably the biggest upset of the Australian Open so far.
Kanepi will be hoping to continue her good run against 28th seed Donna Vekic in the third round.
Highlights: Kanepi stuns Kenin in massive Melbourne shock
KANEPI: I SERVED REALLY WELL
“I served really well today," she said post-match.
"I think this helped a lot. My gameplan was to play aggressive as I normally do.
"Right now I’m not prepared for the next match but I hope in two days I will be. I have played her [Vekic] so I know a little about how she plays.”