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Inglis wins all-Australian battle in Adelaide


Maddison Inglis has continued her winning run at the Adelaide International, overcoming Australian compatriot Sam Stosur in a three-set battle.

Adelaide, Australia, 23 February 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Maddison Inglis is through to the second round at the Adelaide International.

The 23-year-old qualifier won a hard-fought battle with Sam Stosur in an all-Australian first-round showdown at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre today, posting a 5-7 7-5 6-4 victory.

The No.136-ranked Inglis started well, building an early lead. The 23-year-old, who qualified for a WTA event for the first time in her career this week, served for the opening set at 5-4.

But Stosur’s experience shone in the final stages of the set, stepping up to break Inglis’ serve to love and win the final three games.

Games went on serve in the second set, with Inglis refusing to let Stosur dominate.

Inglis earned six break points in the 11th game, but could not convert. Stosur saved two of them with aces and another two with winners. On her seventh break point in that game, Inglis finally broke when Stosur fired a forehand wide.

This time Inglis didn’t falter when trying to serve out a set and leveled the match.

Stosur returned from an off-court medical timeout with her left thigh strapped. Determined to shorten points, a physically hampered Stosur was stepping in and playing more aggressive in the deciding set. It proved an effective tactic, helping her race to a 3-0 lead.

Inglis withstood the challenge though. On her serve at 3-4, 15-40 she looked in trouble, but reeled off eight points in a row to take the lead. From there, the Western Australian closed out victory after two hours and 46 minutes on court.

“I’m obviously stoked to get the win. I could see Sam wasn’t 100 per cent in the third set, so I hope everything is okay with her,” Inglis said. “I think I got a bit lucky in the end there, but it is pretty special to play against Sam. She was an idol for me growing up and someone I’ve always looked up to, so to be on the same court with her was a really cool experience.”

This is Inglis’ second career main draw win at WTA level and her first win against a Grand Slam champion.

Inglis now plays fifth seed and world No.18 Iga Swiatek in the second round. The 19-year-old from Poland is also a Grand Slam champion, winning Roland Garros last year.

“I’ve never played Iga before, but she’s obviously an amazing player,” Inglis said. “I’m going to go out and enjoy it, just have some fun.”

Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders headline tonight’s evening session in Adelaide in another all-Australian battle.

Adelaide International – Aussies in action

TODAY’S RESULTS

Women’s singles, first round
[Q] Maddison Inglis (AUS) d [WC] Sam Stosur (AUS) 5-7 7-5 6-4

COMING UP

Women’s singles, first round
[WC] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [Q] Storm Sanders (AUS)

Women’s singles, second round
[1] Ash Barty (AUS) v Danielle Collins (USA)
[Q] Maddison Inglis (AUS) v [5] Iga Swiatek (POL)

> VIEW: Adelaide International women’s singles draw

Women’s doubles, first round
Destanee Aiava (AUS)/Astra Sharma (AUS) v [3] Desirae Krawczyk (USA)/Alexa Guarachi (CHI)
Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Kaitlyn Christian (USA)/Sabrina Santamaria (USA)

Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
Lizette Cabrera (AUS)/Maddison Inglis (AUS) v Xu Yifan (CHN)/Yang Zhaoxuan (CHN)
Abbie Myers (AUS)/Ivana Popovic (AUS) v TBC

Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster. Tickets start at $20 for adults with free tickets available for children at all sessions.



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