Fil-Australian Cabrera booted out of 2022 Australian Open women's doubles

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) – Filipino Australian tennis standout Lizette Cabrera has ended her run in the 2022 Australian Open.

Cabrera and Australian compatriot Priscilla Hon fell to tournament second seed Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan, 3-6, 2-6, in the women's doubles second round match that lasted for an hour and seven minutes at the 1573 Arena on Friday.

The Cabrera-Hon duo was off to a good start in the first set after building a 2-1 lead from backhand winners and forced errors against their Japanese foes.

It proved to be the last stand of Cabrera and Hon in the first frame as Aoyama and Shibahara got more points from their second serves and errors of their opponents.

In the second set, the Cabrera-Hon tandem tried to keep the game at bay as they exposed the Japanese pair to errors to settle for a 2-3 deficit.

But Aoyama and Shibahara scored an ace in the sixth game and capitalized their forehand winners for a 5-2 lead.

Cabrera and Hon kept their hopes alive in the eighth game, where they forced four out of seven deuces in the decider. They already got the advantage after a double fault from the Japanese players, but the latter scored a backhand winner and forced the Australian duo into a backhand error to win the match.

The 24-year-old Cabrera also went home early in the mixed doubles category on Thursday, as she and fellow Australian Alex Bolt lost to their compatriots, Erin Routliffe and Michael Venus, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 11-13, in the opening round.

Cabrera also failed to clinch a berth in this year's Australian Open women's singles main draw. She lost to Dutch Richel Hogenkamp in the second round of the qualifying phase.

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