Australian Open 2019: Wildcard Alexei Popyrin enters third round after seventh seed Dominic Thiem limps out
Seventh seed Dominic Thiem limped out of the Australian Open in the second round on Thursday when he retired when 7-5, 6-4, 2-0 down to young wildcard Alexei Popyrin
Melbourne: Seventh seed Dominic Thiem limped out of the Australian Open in the second round on Thursday when he retired when 7-5, 6-4, 2-0 down to young wildcard Alexei Popyrin.
The Austrian got through a first-round five-setter against Benoit Paire that finished in the early hours of Wednesday morning and he never looked 100 percent against the Australian.
Thiem smashed his racquet at one point and called for t
he trainer before retiring to hand Popyrin, 19, the biggest win of his fledgling career.
"It's never easy winning like this, Dom played a tough first round. It's never easy winning like this," said the teenager.
But he added: "I always thought I was in the match, to be honest."
Popyrin will meet either 28th seed Lucas Pouille or Maximillian Marterer in the third round.
The 38-year-old Hall of Famer was beaten 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 by Katerina Siniakova, a three-time major doubles champion from Czech Republic.
Sasnovich, a 27-year-old from Belarus ranked 100th in the world, saved nine of the 10 break points she faced to emerge with the 6-0, 6-4 first-round victory and advance to a meeting with Raducanu, the British 18-year-old whose run to the US Open title last month electrified the tennis world.
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