Sofia Kenin faced an unexpected early challenge to open her title defense at the Australian Open Tuesday.
The No. 4 seed American was broken in the fourth game of her opening match and found herself in a 3-1 hole to Austrailian Maddison Inglis.
Inglis turned her 3-1 edge in the first set into a 5-4 advantage before Kenin rallied for a 7-5 win.
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Kenin joins a group of Day 1 favorites who advanced to the second round including Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka. Though her road was tougher than most.
Kenin, 22, is coming off a career year that saw her advance to the French Open final in addition to defeating world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty en route to last year’s Australian Open Final victory over Garbiñe Muguruza.
She advances to take on the winner between Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi in the second round.
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