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Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin is knocked out in straight sets by Kaia Kanepi

Reigning Australian Open champion is knocked out in straight sets by an unseeded player in surprising upset at Melbourne Park

Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has become the highest-ranked player to be knocked out of the Grand Slam after a surprising defeat.  

The American world no.4 lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, to unseeded Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi, 35, at Melbourne Park on Thursday. 

It was a surprising defeat given the 22-year-old beat Australian world no.1 Ash Barty in the semi-final and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the final to win the Open last year. 

Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin (pictured) suffered a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to unseeded Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi, 35, at Melbourne Park on Thursday

Kenin choked back tears as she faced the press in the post-match conference.  

‘I know I couldn’t really handle the pressure,’ she told reporters. 

‘I’m not obviously used to this, so I’ve just got to figure out how to play at that level that I played at. 

‘Because like today and those matches it just hasn’t been there.’

More to come. 

Estonia's Kaia Kanepi makes a backhand return to Kenin during their second round match on Thursday. The unseeded player managed to take victory in straight sets

Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi makes a backhand return to Kenin during their second round match on Thursday. The unseeded player managed to take victory in straight sets 

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