- 05 Mar 2020
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin eased into the last 16 of the Lyon Open on Wednesday, but Alize Cornet let a lead slip to crash out. Kenin is the top seed in France this week and belatedly secured her first WTA Tour victory (except a win against Anastasija Sevastova in Fed Cup Qualifiers) since a major breakthrough in Melbourne.
Kenin’s first win since her victory at the Australian Open
The American had fallen at the first hurdle in both Qatar and Dubai in recent weeks, but she had no such troubles against Vitalia Diatchenko, advancing 6-4 6-3. A pair of early breaks in the opener saw Kenin into a 4-1 lead, although opportunities for both players punctuated the contest.
The second set began with three straight games going against the serve, before Kenin settled the match at the second attempt with her sixth successful break point from 18 attempts. Back on the winning trail, Kenin levelled her career record against Diatchenko at 1-1 after a second-round defeat at Wimbledon in 2018.
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Garcia and Van Uytanck in quarter-finals
The only other round-of-32 clash on Wednesday saw France’s Oceane Dodin overcome Mandy Minella in straight sets.
Meanwhile, Kenin’s fellow seeds Caroline Garcia – a 7-5 6-2 winner against Ysaline Bonaventure – and Alison van Uytvanck – triumphing over Viktoriya Tomova – enjoyed victories as they played last-16 matches.
But home hopeful Cornet fell short of the quarter-finals in a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 reverse at the hands of Camila Giorgi. Cornet led by a mini-break three times in the second-set tie-break, before Giorgi edged her opponent out and then dominated the decider.