Last week was certainly one of the best of Linda Noskova’s career. The young tennis player reached the final of the tournament IN THIS in Adelaide, overcoming, among others, Victoria Azarenka (26th WTA), Daria Kasatkina (8th WTA) and Ons Jabeur (2nd WTA), about whom we wrote more about –> HERE. Moreover, she is the first tennis player in 15 years who, at the age of 18, qualified for the finals of the WTA 500 event. Christmas is coming. The Czech had the right to dream of a great performance at the next Australian Open (January 16-29). On Tuesday, the spell was broken and the contender can return home after losing in qualifying.
Linda Noskova returns home. Idze Świątek lost her rival at the Australian Open
Noskova faced Katherina Sebow of Canada in the first qualifying round for the Australian Open. After recent successes on the courts of Adelaide, the Czech was the favorite, especially since she fell from 102nd to 56th place in the WTA rankings on Monday.
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The early-game Canadian looked a bit better than the 18-year-old and confidently won the first set. In the second, Noskova returned to Games and leveled the status match. In the decisive match, the lowest-ranked Canadian was the winner and she is still there. Game in the qualifying tournament. The match ended with the score 4:6, 6:3, 4:6. After the last action, Sebow couldn’t believe she had kicked the tournament favorite out.
Interestingly, a considerable storm erupted under the entry of the official Australian Open profile on Twitter. Fans in the comments expressed their displeasure that Noskova did not receive the so-called joker. According to them, after Sunday’s final in Adelaide, the player had too little time to prepare for qualification. The protests did not bring anything and the Czech woman can go home. This year’s wild card went to Kimberly Birrell from…Australia.
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