An unknown Australian teenager ranked outside the top 1000 has beaten world No.4 Sofia Kenin today.
But the American’s nightmare trip to Australia would only become even more wretched.
Kenin, the world No.4, was today knocked out of the Phillip Island Trophy by unseeded Australian Olivia Gadecki in the second round, plummeting to a 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 4-6 defeat.
Gadecki was not named in the latest release of the WTA rankings, which lists almost 1400 women, and has a career-best ranking of just 988.
The 18-year-old made her WTA tour main-draw debut last week, when she was handed a wildcard into the Gippsland Trophy.
Kenin’s Australian Open defence ended when she suffered a 6-3 6-2 loss to Estonian Kaia Kanepi at Margaret Court Arena.
The 22-year-old found the loss so hard to stomach she broke down in tears in her post-match press conference.
“I guess it’s the outside pressure,” Kenin said while wiping away tears and taking deep breaths.
“I felt really nervous. I haven’t felt my game for, like, I don’t know how long, but I haven’t really felt my game so well, even in my first round.
“Since last year, like, I won, then obviously I feel like everyone is kind of expecting me to do that. It’s obviously tough.
“Everyone was always asking me, ‘Would you want to? Do you see yourself getting there and winning again?’ Obviously I said ‘yes’, (but) with the way I’m playing, no.”
Kenin had also lost in the quarter-finals of the Yarra Valley Classic, meaning the WTA’s 2020 player of the year won just three matches in three events on her trip to Australia.
But while Kenin is heartbroken, an ecstatic Gadecki is reveling in her grandest career victory.
The Queenslander is now set to face either Swede Rebecca Peterson or Belgian Greet Minnen in the last 16.
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