HOBART, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin was beaten on Thursday in the semifinals of the Hobart International by Elisabetta Cocciaretto 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
Kenin won the Australian Open in 2020. The Hobart WTA tournament is a major warm-up for the Australian Open which begins Monday.
In the Hobart final, the 21-year-old Cocciaretto will face Lauren Davis. Davis defeated Anna Blinkova 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
“It’s unbelievable to be in the final,” Cocciaretto said. “It was unexpected. She (Kenin) is a very good player.”
Kenin has been battling back from injuries and a slump in her performance. The tournament was a step in the right direction.
“I feel like overall I played well,” Kenin said. “It was a good tournament for me. I enjoyed coming back again.”
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