April 23, 2021

Australian Open: 14 DAYS of isolation for just 44 minutes! Danka Kovinic beaten by Ash Barty

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Danka Kovinic finally put 14 days of hard quarantine ahead of the Australian Open behind her – only to lose in 44 minutes in the first round to Ashleigh Barty.

The Montenegrin tennis player was one of the players placed in harsh hotel confinements by the tournament organisers in the middle of January due to coronavirus concerns. 

The 26-year-old was then beaten 6-0, 6-0 by world No 1 Barty on Tuesday, with Kovinic winning just 10 points all game. 

Danka Kovinic came out of a 14-day quarantine to last just 44 minutes in the Australian Open

Danka Kovinic came out of a 14-day quarantine to last just 44 minutes in the Australian Open

Danka Kovinic came out of a 14-day quarantine to last just 44 minutes in the Australian Open

The Montenegrin player was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by world No 1 Ash Barty (above) on Tuesday

The Montenegrin player was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by world No 1 Ash Barty (above) on Tuesday

The Montenegrin player was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by world No 1 Ash Barty (above) on Tuesday

However, she can take solace from the £56,000 losers cheque handed to players who reach the first round of the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. 

World No 74 Kovinic travelled over to Australia on January 13 via one of the chartered flights to Melbourne handed to players competing in the tournament. 

She revealed her boredom of being quarantined for two weeks on social media, asking fans for Uber Eats recommendations and revealed her daily training set-up from within her hotel room. 

Kovinic had to train in her hotel room as part of the harsh pre-tournament quarantine rules

Several players, including men’s world No 1 Novak Djokovic, complained about the conditions they were being kept in and held several meetings with the tournament organisers to reveal their concerns. 

Vanessa Sierra, the girlfriend of Australian men’s player Bernard Tomic, went viral after complaining in a social media video that she was unable to get someone to wash her hair during the quarantine period and had to do it herself.

Kovinic, meanwhile, came out of quarantine in the final week of January before taking part in a few practice tournaments – including the ATP Tournament Melbourne 2 at the beginning of February. 

Kovinic won just 10 points all game against her brutal Australian opponent on Tuesday

Kovinic won just 10 points all game against her brutal Australian opponent on Tuesday

Kovinic won just 10 points all game against her brutal Australian opponent on Tuesday

World No 1 Barty, meanwhile, is aiming to win her first Australian Open title in her home country after reaching the semi-finals last year. 

The 24-year-old will now face either Australian wildcard entry Daria Gavrilova – ranked at 387 in the women’s singles game – or Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.

The Australian Open tournament is welcoming fans into the venue with around 390,000 spectators expected over the two-week period.

Around 17,000 fans turned up on the first day of the Grand Slam tournament on Monday, with free tickets being offered to some supporters. 

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