Clinical Angelique Kerber powers into Australian Open 2nd round | Inquirer Sports

Clinical Angelique Kerber powers into Australian Open 2nd round

/ 02:09 PM January 14, 2019
Angelique Kerber 2019 Australian Open

Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates after defeating Slovenia’s Polona Hercog against during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Second seed Angelique Kerber brushed past Slovenia’s Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2 to power into the Australian Open second round Monday.

The Wimbledon champion produced a clinical display to launch her campaign at Melbourne Park, where she won the title in 2016.

ADVERTISEMENT

The gulf in class between Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam winner, and world number 92 Hercog was apparent as the German took an early break then rattled past her opponent in 72 minutes.

Kerber maintained constant pressure to snuff out any challenge from Hercog, saying she felt energised returning to Rod Laver Arena, where she won her first major three years ago.

FEATURED STORIES

“Every time I walk on this court I have great memories and such a special feeling, I really enjoy playing here,” she said.

Kerber reached the semi-finals at the season-opening Grand Slam last year, blowing two match points before losing 9-7 in a tense last set to world number one Simona Halep.

She has played down expectations ahead of this year’s tournament but displayed strong form reaching the quarter-finals of this month’s Sydney International.

She is also one of the few players with a proven record in Grand Slam deciders against Serena Williams, defeating her in the 2016 final at Melbourne Park and last year at Wimbledon.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Angelique Kerber, Australian Open, first round, Polona Hercog, Tennis
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.