Australian Open winner Sonia Kenin emerged from the second round of the season-opening WTA event in Abu Dhabi on Friday when opponent Kirsten Flipkens had to quit with a right ankle injury, 5-7, 5-4. .
The 86th-ranked Belgian did manage to win her first career set against the No. 4 American before her injury.
Chasing a lob as Kenin served for the second set after losing the first, the outsider crashed into courtside advertising hoardings.
Kenin said she immediately became concerned when her opponent did not quickly shake off the mishap.
“I saw she was sort of crying, but I didn’t think it was too serious,” the American said. “I thought the trainer would come out and tape it and we would continue.
“But as it got worse, I became upset and emotional; she’s a good friend, this is something you don’t want to see.
“I just hope she has a speedy recovery for Australia.”
Kenin said that the strict virus protocols prevented her from going over to comfort her fallen opponent. “It was hurtful to see this happening.
“I’ll write to her this evening and ask how she is. it was just unfortunate.”
Kenin’s first set was nothing special, with the top seed dropping 12 points in a row at one point on her way to the opening deficit while losing serve twice to love.
But Kenin started making her recovery in the second set before it was all halted by Flipken’s unlucky injury.
“She was playing well, in the second set I was just fighting,” the seed said. “I tried to hang in.
“You don’t want to win this way but it’s nice to go through.”
Main photo:- Sofia Kenin winning in Abu Dhabi – by WTAtennis.com