The Phillip Island Trophy lost its top-seed – world no. 4, Sofia Kenin – on Sunday, its second day of play, in Melbourne. The American crashed out to Australian wildcard Olivia Gadecki in her opener. The 18-year-old, ranked 727th in the world, won 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.
After the match, the elated teen declared, “To be honest, I'm still trying to process how I feel right now. As soon as that match was finished, I was so happy that I even started crying. I've never felt this way before, either”.
Gadecki now awaits the winner between Greet Minnen and 16th seed Rebecca Peterson in the third round. Peterson won her first-round match against Anastasia Potapova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Indian no. 1 Ankita Raina won her first-round match against Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto.
Raina, who qualified into the main draw, came from a set down to defeat Cocciaretto 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. Raina will play Aussie wildcard Kimberly Birrell in the second round. Birrell took down the 15th-seeded Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-5 in their first-round match.
The last upset of the day was notched by Fran Jones. The British qualifier ousted 11th seed Saisai Zheng 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in their first-round encounter. Next up for Jones is Patricia Maria Tig. Tig defeated Lesia Tsurenko in the first round 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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Jil Teichmann will play the sixth-seeded Shuai Zhang in the second round. The Swiss won a fractious first round against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3.
Lin Zhu will play 13th seed Marie Bouzkova in the second round. The Chinese ousted Sara Errani 6-3, 6-3 in their opener. In the first-round derby of two qualifiers, Rebecca Marino got the better of Mona Barthel. Marino won 6-4, 6-3 and will play fourth seed Petra Martic next.
In the Australian derby between Lizette Cabrera and Ajla Tomljanovic, the latter clinched a 6-3, 6-4 win to advance to the second round. Tomljanovic will play seventh seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova next. Maddison Inglis became the third Australian to claim a win in Melbourne on Sunday.
Inglis defeated Russian qualifier Kamilla Rakhimova 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round. There, she will play fifth seed Qiang Wang. Zarina Diyas set a second-round showdown against Ana Bogdan. The Kazakh beat American Christina McHale 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to start off her Phillip Island Trophy campaign.
Another American, Varvara Lepchenko also reached the second round after her opponent, Nao Hibino retired mid-match with an injury. Lepchenko was leading the Japanese 6-3, 3-0 at the time of her retirement. Lepchenko will take on compatriot, the eighth-seeded Danielle Collins in the second round.