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Top seed Sabalenka crash out of Quebec City event

IANS  |  Quebec City (Canada) 

Top-seed Belarusian has crashed out of the Coupe Banque Nationale, a WTA hard-court event in Quebec City, losing 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to American

The 20-year-old Sabalenka, who is ranked No. 20 and is one of the most promising young stars on the WTA Tour, was the only to take a set off of eventual champion at the just-concluded in New York, reports news.

But Lepchenko pulled off the upset on Tuesday, thanks to her success on the big points.

The 110th-ranked American saved all three break points she faced in the first set and then in the second set fought off a determined comeback bid by Sabalenka, who rallied from a break down and also nearly came back after trailing 0-4 in the tiebreaker.

Next up for Lepchenko in the second round will be the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova, who brushed of 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday.

Two other seeded players also crashed out in the first round.

German No. 7 seed lost 6-2, 6-2 to Canadian wildcard and sixth-seeded Czech fell 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-5 to Tunisia's Ons Jabeur.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 22:14 IST
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