Tennis-Lucky loser Niemeier knocks out top seed Sakkari at Bad Homburg

  • Tennis
  • Monday, 24 Jun 2024

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA 500 - Stuttgart Open - Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany - April 19, 2023 Germany's Jule Niemeier in action during her round of 32 match against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Angelika Warmuth/File Photo

(Reuters) - Maria Sakkari's poor form continued as the Bad Homburg Open top seed was knocked out in the first round 2-6 6-2 7-6(4) by lucky loser Jule Niemeier on Monday.

Sakkari, ranked ninth in the world, also exited the Berlin Ladies Open in the first round last week, after ending her French Open campaign in the first round too.

The 28-year-old started well but struggled with Niemeier's superior first serve in the second set. Niemeier took the upper hand to go 5-3 ahead the third set and was serving for the match, but Sakkari fought back to force tiebreak.

Greece's Sakkari went toe to toe with her German opponent in the tiebreak but double faults proved to be her undoing.

Former Wimbledon quarter-finalist Niemeier will face Spanish wildcard Paula Badosa in the second round.

(Reporting by Chiranjit Ojha in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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