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WTA Hobart International: Former Australian Open champ Kenin into second round

Sofia Kenin beat Lin Zhu 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday and will face either qualifier Maryna Zanevska or second seed Elise Mertens in the next round

Sofia Kenin Toronto 2022 ofia Kenin (USA) returns a ball to Sloane Stephens (USA) (not pictured) at Sobeys Stadium. || AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin advanced to the second round of the Hobart International 1 at the Domain Tennis Centre on Tuesday with a straight sets win over China’s Lin Zhu.

Kenin, who is ranked No 280 in the world, after a year of struggles and needed a wildcard into the event, defeated Zhu 6-2, 6-2.

She will play the winner of the match between qualifier Maryna Zanevska and second seed Elise Mertens next.

Hobart WTA 250, other first-round results (Domain Tennis Centre, hard, USD 259,303, most recent results first):

  • Bernarda Pera (6) beat Madison Brengle: 6-4, 6-4
  • Elisabetta Cocciaretto beat Alize Cornet (3): 6-4, 6-2
  • Yulia Putintseva (8) beat Claire Liu: 6-2, 6-4
  • Nuria Parrizas Diaz (Q) beat Mayar Sherif: 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
  • Jasmine Paolini beat Patricia Maria Tig: 6-3, 6-1
  • Xinyu Wang (LL) beat Olivia Gadecki (WC): 6-4, 7-5
  • Marie Bouzkova (1) beat Jaqueline Cristian: 7-6 (2), 6-3
  • Tatjana Maria beat Talia Gibson (WC): 6-3, 6-2
  • Lauren Davis (Q) beat Sloane Stephens (4): 6-2, 6-2
  • Anhelina Kalinina (5) beat Rebecca Marino: 6-2, 6-1
  • Laura Siegemund beat Tereza Martincova (Q): 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
  • Alison Van Uytvanck vs. Magda Linette
  • Maryna Zanevska vs. Elise Mertens
  • Lucia Bronzetti vs. Anna Blinkova
  • Tamara Zidansek vs. Ysaline Bonaventure
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