It was not a smooth day at Melbourne Park. After several surprises, the most impressive of all arrived: the Tunisian Our Jabeurnumber two in the world was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open at the hands of the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (86th) 6-1, 5-7 and 6-1.
The second favorite for the title behind the Polish Iga Swiatek was in charge of closing the tennis day on the Rod Laver Arena court, after what was the performance of the Serbian Novak Djokovic against Enzo Couacaud. However, despite her candidate status, the African who had just given up a partial in the opening match against Tamara Zidansek, she continued far from her best tennis and said goodbye early to the first Grand Slam of the season.
This apathetic version of Jabeur, a Wimbledon and US Open finalist in 2022, was used to perfection by Vondrousova, former world number 14 and runner-up at Roland Garros 2019. Quick, focused and precise from the back of the court, she scored a clear superiority during the first set and then found a way to unlock the match in their favor in the decisive set.
Thus, Jabeur became the third top ten to be eliminated from the tournament. Before, the Russian Daria Kasatkina (8th) lost in the first round to Varvara Gracheva (97th in the world), while Veronika Kudermetova (9th) fell with Katie Volynets, 113th in the world.
Vondrousova showed what she is capable of when her physique allows it and will seek a place in the fourth round against her young compatriot Linda Fruhvirtova17 years old.
It is worth mentioning that in the men’s draw, the Norwegian Casper Ruud, also number two in the ranking, saw the starting gate on that day.