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Kenin into Abu Dhabi round 3 after Flipkens injures ankle

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin reached the third spherical of the Abu Dhabi Open on Friday after her opponent Kirsten Flipkens injured her ankle and needed to retire. Flipkens gained the primary set 7-5 and was 5-Four down within the second when she jumped to play a shot and landed closely on her left ankle, which twisted beneath her.

Flipkens broke Kenin’s serve 5 instances within the first set, together with breaking the American to like in consecutive service video games to take the primary set after Kenin had served for the set with a 5-Four lead.

Kenin performs both 13th-seeded Yulia Putintseva or Barbora Krejcikova within the third spherical.

Additionally, the 15th-seeded Ons Jabeur gained 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 towards Kateryna Bondarenko of their second-round match. Jabeur, an Australian Open quarterfinalist final yr, will play both fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka or Ajla Tomljanovic within the third spherical.

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