Jesper de Jong bows out of Australian Open as Sinner strolls on

Jesper de Jong (left) congratulates fourth seed Jannik Sinner. Photo: AP/Andy Wong via ANP

Jesper de Jong’s Australian Open adventure is over after fourth seed Jannik Sinner cruised to a straight-sets victory in Melbourne.

The 23-year-old was outclassed by the Italian, who won five games in a row to take the opening set 6-2 and proceeded to wrap up the match in an hour and 43 minutes.

Sinner, who is a year younger but has already reached the quarter-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in his career, was magnanimous in victory. “He’s a very good player. I’m very glad he’s reached this level,” Sinner said on court.

De Jong, who will provisionally rise more than 20 places in the rankings to a career-high 138th, said he was “extremely proud” to have played in a packed Margaret Court Arena.

“When I came out of the tunnel I thought: “OK, that’s a lot of people”. He was too good for me today, but I’m extremely proud of this week,” he said.

The result leaves Tallon Griekspoor, who beat the Russian Roman Safiulin in five sets on Tuesday to set up a clash with Frenchman Arthur Fils, as the only Dutch man left in the singles draw.

Arantxa Rus, who knocked out the Ukrainian 24th seed Anhelina Kalinina 6-0 6-1 to claim her first Grand Slam singles win in four years, will takes Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya in the second round of the women’s competition on Wednesday.

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