INGLIS FALLS, MONFILS RETIRES IN ADELAIDE


Aussie wildcard Maddison Inglis has lost her second-round match with No.4 seed Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 6-2, 6-1 in just one hour and four minutes on Wednesday evening at the Adelaide International 2.

Zidansek will now take on American Lauren Davis in the quarter-finals after Davis was too good for Italian Jasmine Paolini 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

In their first ever meeting, Inglis fought hard but was outclassed by the Slovenian World No.31 and 2021 French Open semi-finalist.

Zidansek only dropped three games for the entire match and finished at an impressive percentage of 84% (28/34) for total service points won.

In a blow for tournament organisers and fans, last week’s Adelaide International 1 champion and No.1 seed Frenchman Gael Monfils retired hurt from his second-round match against Brazilian Lucky-Loser Thiago Monteiro, 7-6(2), 3-6, 0-1 due to a neck injury.

World No.83 Monteiro will now play in the quarter-finals against French qualifier Corentin Moutet who upset No.8 seed Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-2 in their second-round clash.

Monfils was continuously requiring medical attention during the match and was left with no choice but to retire.

Despite not being 100% fit, Monfils was still putting on a show for the crowd chasing down balls that prove why he is still one of the best athletes on the circuit even at the age of 35.

There were some superb rallies and the Brazilian was not scared to go for the big shots at crucial points during the match, he led the winners 28 compared to 23 by Monfils.

With the first three games on serve, Monfils broke Monteiro’s serve to take a 3-1 lead, Monteiro broke back immediately and when he held serve it was all tied up at 3-3.

With a set point and a second break point in the tenth game, all the pressure was on Monteiro, however, he was ice cool and kept the set alive with a brilliant forehand winner, Monteiro going on to make it 5-5.

Both players held serve and set up a first set tie-break, Monfils won it easily 7-2 and had the game back on his terms.

The second set belonged to Monteiro, he won the set 6-3 and smacked 12 winners.

He was not afraid to come to the net with the Brazilian winning 8 net points as opposed to Monfils 4.

Despite fighting his best, Monfils was clearly bothered by his injury and eventually, he retired early in the second set when down 1-0.

In the battle of the teenagers, American No.3 seed Cori “Coco” Gauff won 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in one hour and 54 minutes against Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.

Gauff will now take on former World No.20 Croatian Ana Konjuh who upset sixth seed and Olympic silver medalist Marketa Vondrousova.