Maria Sakkari came from a double-break down in the first set to advance with a 7-5 6-2 win over 16-year-old American Coco Gauff.
Britain’s Heather Watson beaten in Abu Dhabi as the world No.1 also crashes out
Britain’s Heather Watson bowed out of the Abu Dhabi Open in a gruelling second-round defeat by 17th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova.
The 26-year-old Russian eventually prevailed 7-5, 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 after a tense showdown which lasted more than two and a half hours with the pair converting only eight of the 19 break points they set up between them.
Alexandrova took the first set 7-5, but was pegged back in the second as Watson came out on top in a lengthy tie-break.
The decider was equally tight until Watson was broken in the eighth game, and her opponent served out the match to book a third-round clash with number two seed Elina Svitolina. Meanwhile there was a big shock as Russian qualifier Anastasia Gasanova pulled off a major upset with victory over former world number one Karolina Pliskova in Abu Dhabi.
EXCLUSIVE – Leon Smith reflects on coaching Andy Murray and the role of the inspirational Judy Murray
Leon Smith looks back on his days coaching Andy Murray.
Alexander Zverev goes ‘back to his family roots’ as he leaves Roger Federer’s management firm
Alexander Zverev confirms changes to his team.
Tennis players’ isolation complaints given short shrift by Victorian Premier
A total of 72 players are unable to leave their rooms.
Kevin Anderson on potential ATP-WTA merger: ‘There have been no real discussions’
No ATP-WTA merger talks underway.
‘Players upset’ over privileges afforded to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem
“It’s not apples and apples here, but apples and pears.”
More Australian Open players go into isolation taking number up to 72
Forty-seven had already been quarantined.
How Australian Open players are keeping themselves occupied in quarantine
A total of 47 players forced to quarantine.
Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case
A positive test was returned on a charter flight from LA.
Players were made aware of isolation risks on arrival to Australia – Craig Tiley
Forty seven players to remain in their hotel rooms.