Another sensation in Adelaide. A disastrous start to the year for the favorites. Christmas has it easier Tennis

This is not how the beginning of 2022 imagined quite a large group of players from the top of the WTA ranking. Contrary to last year, this time the best tennis players in the world appeared at the tournament in Adelaide, so Iga Świątek was deprived of the chance to defend the title. It seems, however, that it may be wrong, as several strong rivals have unexpectedly said goodbye to the competition.

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The weak form of the favorites at the beginning of the year. Iga Świątek has better chances to defend the title in Adelaide

On Tuesday night, Maria Sakkari was eliminated in the second round of the tournament in Adelaide. The Greek lost unexpectedly to the American Shelby Rogers 6: 7 (5: 7), 6: 2, 4: 6 and may feel quite a disappointment. However, the difficulties were already visible in her in the first meeting in Australia with the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, in which she could also have dropped out.

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Iga Świątek is certainly happy about this turn of events, because Sakkari is one of the most uncomfortable players for her. She had faced her three times last year and was losing smoothly in two sets each time. This time, the Pole will avoid a clash with the Greek, but to think about defending the title in Adelaide, she must first deal with Leylah Fernandez, whom she will face at night from Wednesday to Thursday

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Sakkari, however, is not alone in her misery. Previously, her fate was shared by other players from the top of the WTA ranking. In the first round, Petra Kvitova and Paul Bados said goodbye to the tournament. The Czech lost unexpectedly after a long battle with Priscilla Hon from Australia, ranked 263rd. The Spaniard, however, had to recognize the superiority of Victoria Azarenka. On the same day as Sakkari and also in the second round, Aryna Sabalenka said goodbye to Adelaide. The Belarusian lost to Slovenka Kaja Juvan.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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