The Estonian tennis player Kaia Kenepi sweeps away reigning champion Sofia Kenin at the Australian open 2021. Perhaps the pressure, perhaps a still precarious physical condition, the fact is that the American tennis player lets herself be overwhelmed by the baseline and manages all game situations in a bad way.
An example is the 6-3 6-2 final which matures at the threshold of ninety minutes of play. The world number one Ashleigh Barty saves, or at least avoids the third set. The hostess shoots rather easily on 6-1 5-2 but jams one step away from the finish line.
Daria Gavrilova, thanks to the circumstances, forcefully returns to the track and even puts pressure in response at the foot of the tie break. The Australian tennis player, despite some flaws, re-establishes the hierarchy and with a half hour delay on the schedule she hits the finish line in the third round.
Ekaterina Alexandrova will be waiting for her. Karolina Pliskova's victory against Danielle Collins should be recorded on day-4 - one week after the American's success - despite some mess in the heart of the first set.
In the main match of the day, a high quality match between Elina Svitolina and the talented young American Coco Gauff. In the first set you play point to point with the Ukrainian who concedes a break point in the first round and then you get to the tenth game where Svitolina has the first two break points which are also set points.
Gauff cancels the first, but backhand sends the ball into the net with Svitolina who goes on like this 6-4. Also in the second set Svitolina opens with some worries, cancels two break points with great points and this time the situation goes on until the eighth game where the tennis player, number 5 in the world, takes advantage of the only break ball available and wins the break that allows her to serve and close with a 6-4; 6-3 perhaps too hard for Gauff, still perhaps immature in these matches against high-ranking opponents.
Mladenovic, too, who frees herself in about an hour and twenty from the Japanese Hibino, ends with the result of 7-5; 6-1.
She said: "I felt that I was not there, my head was not there. I don't want to take away any credit from her, she played well on the important points.
I have had opportunities but I have not been able to exploit them and I also know the reason, which is why the nerves have got the better of me. I felt like everyone was asking me: Would you like to win again? Do you see yourself out there winning again? Obviously yes. But the way I played today, no. I knew I couldn't really handle the pressure.