Melbourne [Australia]: Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova caused an upset by defeating the number 2 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia to advance to the third round of women’s singles competition at the ongoing Australian Open on Thursday.
Marketa defeated Jabeur by 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.
She won the first set by a thumping margin, lost a closely fought second set before making a comeback in the final set to win it comprehensively. The 23-year-old was facing wrist issues over the years, causing her to watch the action from the sidelines after reaching her first majors final at 2019 Roland Garros and then for another six months last year as she recovered from a surgery.
“I had a difficult time breathing. Not sure what is happening. Marketa played a good match and deserved to win. I will do my best to come back stronger,” said Jabeur after the match as quoted by WTA.
Marketa’s next challenge will be the 17-year-old compatriot Linda Fruhvirtova, the youngest player left in the draw.
On the other hand, Belinda Bencic from Switzerland also reached the third round of the tournament by downing USA’s Claire Liu.
Bencic won the match by 7-6(3), 6-3.
Earlier, No.5 seeded Aryna Sabalenka’s stunning start to the year continued as she notched a triumph over dangerous Shelby Rogers to reach the third round of the ongoing 2023 Australian Open on Thursday.