World No. 2 Halep ousts Filipina Cabrera in 2021 Australian Open

Beatrice Go

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World No. 2 Halep ousts Filipina Cabrera in 2021 Australian Open

CHALLENGED. Lizette Cabrera gets a tough 2021 Australian Open first round matchup against Simona Halep.

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Filipino-Australian Lizette Cabrera gets booted out of the 2021 Australian Open with a loss to Romanian tennis great Simona Halep

Filipina-Australian Lizette Cabrera made her 2021 Australian Open exit, dropping the opening round to world No. 2 Simona Halep on Monday, February 8, at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

The Romanian former world No. 1 swept Cabrera 6-2, 6-1, denying the 23-year-old the chance to make the 2nd round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Though ranked world No. 140, Cabrera managed to challenge Halep by winning 3 games and drag the match to 59 minutes of action.

After Halep went up 4-0 in the opening set, Cabrera capitalized on the veteran’s errors to nail her first game of the match.

She also managed to delay Halep’s conquest of the opening set, with a forehand winner to gain an advantage and take her 2nd game after the Romanian’s back-to-back errors, 5-2.

In the 2nd set, Cabrera avoided a bagel and stunned Halep’s match point opportunity with backhand winner to go up 40-15 and forced the 29-year-old to an error.

But Halep closed out the match, forcing Cabrera to a wide shot.

Cabrera was given a wild card to her fourth Australian Open appearance since she turned professional in 2016.

Cabrera started playing tennis at the age of 4, and was exposed to a variety of sports such as golf and inter-school sports, but decided to focus on tennis at the age of 9.

In order to fund her tennis career, her parents Ronnie from Pampanga and Dolly from Basilan – who moved to Australia in their early 20s – worked in a slaughterhouse.

Now, the Filipino-Australian is based in Brisbane for her tennis career and managed to practice with world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, and other top Australian tennis players like Madisson Inglis, Kim Birrell and Priscilla Hon. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.