Jelena Ostapenko animatedly breaks down during shocking defeat in Dubai

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 0

Jelena Ostapenko had a painful day in the office as she crashed out in the first round of Dubai Duty Free Championships on Monday.

Latvia’s Ostapenko, a former world No. 5 and French Open champion, looked absolutely out-of-sorts against qualifier Jennifer Brady of United States, especially in the second set where she complained of back pain before asking for a medical time-out.

The pain was evident as she broke down in animated fashion before stumbling to a 4-6 0-6  defeat in just 88 minutes.

Meanwhile, Brady commented on her performance, saying: “I think I was pleased with the way, regardless of how I started the match, I was able to finish strong. I’m really happy with the way I did that.

“I think another thing that I did well was just looking for forehands, trying to hit as many forehands as possible, taking advantage of her second serve, which was weak. I was able to be aggressive and dictate off that.”

Brady will next face 14th seed Caroline Garcia of France on Tuesday.

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