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Sanders scores career-best win at Adelaide International


Australian Storm Sanders has recorded the biggest win of her career to advance to her first WTA-level quarterfinal at this week’s Adelaide International.

Adelaide, Australia, 24 February 2021 | Leigh Rogers

There is no stopping Storm Sanders, who has continued her incredible run at the Adelaide International this week.

The 26-year-old Australian scored her first top-30 win today, defeating world No.28 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-4 5-7 6-1 in the second round.

It is the No.292-ranked Sanders’ fourth consecutive win against a top 120-ranked opponent and propels the qualifier into her first WTA-level quarterfinal.

Sanders made a brilliant start against the three-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, racing to a 4-1 lead. Serving for the opening set at 5-3, Sanders was broken. However, the Australian refused to let Putintseva build any momentum and immediately broke back to take the first set in 44 minutes.

Sanders was playing with confidence, dictating points with her aggressive ground strokes but also defending well when Putintseva engaged in long rallies.

Games went on serve until the 11th game of the second set, with Putintseva striking to edge ahead for the first time. The seventh seed then served it out to level the match.

A calm Sanders responded by producing her best tennis in the deciding set, racing through it 34 minutes to clinch victory after two hours and 17 minutes on court.

Sanders, who finished the match with 41 winners, plays world No.12 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the next round. It will be her third career meeting against a top 20-ranked opponent.

Fellow Australians Ash Barty and Maddison Inglis play their second-round matches at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre later this evening.

Adelaide International – Aussies in action

TODAY’S RESULTS

Women’s singles, second round
[Q] Storm Sanders (AUS) d [7] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-4 5-7 6-1

Women’s doubles, first round
[3] Desirae Krawczyk (USA)/Alexa Guarachi (CHI) d Destanee Aiava (AUS)/Astra Sharma (AUS) 7-6(6) 7-5

COMING UP

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

Women’s singles, quarterfinals
[Q] Storm Sanders (AUS) v [2] Belinda Bencic (SUI)

> VIEW: Adelaide International women’s singles draw

Women’s doubles, first round
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 [3] Desirae Krawczyk (USA)/Alexa Guarachi (CHI)

Adelaide International tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster. Prices start at $20 for adults, with free tickets available for children at all sessions.



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