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Tennis Roundup: In Round 2, Donna Vekic defeats Aryna Sabalenka

<p>Aryna Sabalenka, the winner of the Australian Open, was defeated by Donna Vekic 6-7(5) 6-3 6-0 in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships today.</p>
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<p>After the Belarusian won a close first set and took an early break in the second, Sabalenka, who captured her second Grand Slam championship at Melbourne Park last month, seemed to be headed for an easy win, but Vekic had other plans.</p>
<p>The 27-year-old Vekic, who is rated 31st in the world, added, “I never gave up.” “I never gave up thinking I could prevail. I just persisted in my struggle. I’m taking this week off as a partial vacation, as I informed my coach. I may say that I was on the beach more often than the court. Perhaps it’s a wise course of action moving ahead.</p>
<p>American Peyton Stearns put Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova through a tough 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory, while in-form former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko defeated Swiss player Lulu Sun 6-3 6-3. Elena Rybakina, the winner of Brisbane and Abu Dhabi, moved on to the Round of 16 when her opponent, a Kazakh, leveled the match at 4-6 6-2 and forced the former world number one Victoria Azarenka to quit due to an injury before the third set.</p>
<p>The eighth seed After losing three consecutive matches, Maria Sakkari defeated American Emma Navarro 6-2, 6-4, and will now face Jasmine Paolini, who defeated Leylah Fernandez 6-3, 6-4. – News reports</p>
<p><strong>Ramanathan Nagal advances to the pre-quarterfinals. </strong></p>
<p>Pune: After winning their respective sets here today, top seed Sumit Nagal and wildcard Ramkumar Ramanathan advanced to the ATP Challenger 100 international tournament’s pre-quarterfinals. At the center court, Nagal beat Yu Hsiou Hsu of Chinese Taipei 7-6(6) 6-4. Over 160th-ranked Stefano Napolitano, the winner of the Bengaluru Open last week, Ramanathan defeated him 7-6(5) 7-6(5).</p>

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