Jennifer Brady cops brutal loss in first match since Australian Open

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady (pictured) frustrated against Naomi Osaka.
Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady (pictured) lost her first match back at the Qatar Open. (Getty Images)

Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady suffered a devastating defeat in under an hour to Anett Kontaveit in the opening round of the WTA's Qatar Open.

Brady lost to two-time champion Naomi Osaka in a tough Australian Open final last month.

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But after her sensational charge into the final, the American's first match since the Grand Slam didn't go to plan as Kontaveit dominated her 6-1, 6-2 in a match that lasted 53 minutes.

"I was expecting a very, very tough match but I'm very happy with the way I played and very pleased to get to the second round," Kontaveit said after the match.

Brady hit a whopping 25 unforced errors and was just unable to find a way back into the match.

Kontaveit didn't face a single break point throughout the match.

Even fans were surprised to just how quickly Brady was dispatched.

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Kontaveit will play three-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber in the second round after the German beat wildcard Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey 6-4 6-2.

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Garbine Muguruza beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to book a second-round match with third seed and last year's Doha winner, Aryna Sabalenka, who had a first-round bye.

"Good match ahead," Muguruza said.

"I'm excited to face these top players. I feel like every match is hard."

Eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka needed six match points to get past veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3.

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Azarenka will play Elena Rybakina or Laura Siegemund in the second round.

Kiki Bertens returned after five months off the tour and was dumped 6-0, 6-2 by Jelena Ostapenko.

It was the 11th-ranked Dutch player's first match since a fourth-round loss at the French Open in October and a subsequent achilles tendon operation.

She missed the Australian Open to build up fitness.

Maria Sakkari eased past Mayar Sherif 6-0, 6-3 in the first round.

with AAP

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