Frustrated Aryna Sabalenka falls to a shocking defeat
Frustrated Aryna Sabalenka falls to a shocking defeat. Pavlyuchenkova, 29, has never been beyond the quarter-final of a Grand Slam. But the Russian 31st seed came from 3-0 down to win the first set against Sabalenka.
The world number four – who has won five titles in Doha, Ostrava, Linz, Abu Dhabi, and Madrid in the past 18 months. But is yet to make an impact at a major – broke Pavlyuchenkova twice to take the second set.
But Sabalenka became increasingly erratic and frustrated after Pavlyuchenkova took an injury break for treatment to her thigh. Failing to win a single game in the deciding set and hitting 39 unforced errors overall.
Defending champion Iga Swiatek, Elina Svitolina, and American Sofia Kenin are the three top-10 seeds left in the top half of the draw. With all three playing their third-round matches on Saturday.
Source: BBC News