Fourth seed Sofia Kenin has grappled with defending champion jitters and an inspired home favourite, Maddison Inglis, to pass her opening hurdle at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
A look of unease rarely leaves the 22-year-old’s face and there were ample moments for such concern en route to Kenin's 7-5 6-4 triumph.
“First round is obviously nervous for me,” she said.
“She’s playing well. I knew it was going to be a tough match. I played her I don’t know how many years ago, but we played at Maureen Connolly, I lost.
“Yeah, [there were] emotions, some tears and stuff. I felt a little bit of pressure. She obviously came out swinging. I knew she was going to play well.
“I knew the crowd was going to be more or less behind her. I'm happy I had some crowd behind me. I was nervous. Obviously first match at a Slam is never easy.
“She's playing the defending champion, so of course she's more loose ... I wasn't there 100 per cent mentally, but a win is a win and I'll take it.”