Could not. Nadia Podoroska was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open after losing to Donna Vekic with a resounding 6-2 double. And so the 2020 Roland Garros semifinalist left the first Grand Slam of 2021.
From the beginning of the game, the European entered the court much more plugged in than the Rosario and that was noticed since quickly went 4-0 on the scoreboard.
The Littleone day after her 24th birthday, she could never find the game she wanted and in just an hour was overwhelmed by the Croatian who did not let her settle on the court. The European was more aggressive and precise and generally managed the rhythm of the duel on the hard court of Melbourne Park.
With her best individual ranking, being No. 45 in the world, Podoroska was left with little flavor. She had just beaten American Christina McHale in straight sets and this time the experience and aggressiveness of Vekic, seeded No. 28 of the tournament, was too much for her aspirations.
Vekic must face in the next instance to the Estonian Kaia Kanepi, who has just eliminated one of the favorites to lift the title, the American Sofia Kenin current No. 4 in the ranking and just champion of the Australian Open last year.
Now Argentina, the No. 1 in Latin American women’s tennis, must recharge her batteries to try to go for more.