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Daria Saville has lost her opening round match at the Australian Open to world No. 93 Rebecca Peterson at Melbourne Park.
The Aussie was in the contest at various stages but was no match for the Swede in the end, going down 2-6, 3-6 in an hour and 21 minutes.
Saville showed she had the ability to control and win points against Peterson, hitting 17 winners for the match compared to 20 from the victor. However, it was the Aussie’s unforced error count that cost her - hitting 26 compared to 16 from Peterson.
Ultimately, it was Peterson’s ability to win the big points that set her apart.
The Swede was able to convert 5/7 breakpoint chances while Saville could only convert 2/6 breakpoints which cost her.
It’s an unfortunate result for the Aussie who definitely had her chances to get ahead in the match but wasn’t able to take them.
Peterson will face the winner of No. 7 seed Iga Swiatek and British qualifier Harriet Dart in the second round.