Angelique Kerber gets previous uncertainty, advances at US Open

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NEW YORK (AP) — So a great deal uncertainty accompanied Angelique Kerber when she boarded the plane for her trip to the U.S. Open.

The 2016 champion hadn’t played a match in seven months. She knew almost everything would be unique at Flushing Meadows — no crowds, no city life, none of what tends to make the U.S. Open such a spotlight.

1 she’d appreciate to have back once more.

The 17th-seeded Kerber moved into the third round Wednesday with a strong displaying that brought some a great deal-required self-assurance. Her six-three, 7-six (six) victory more than Anna-Lena Friedsam had her feeling a lot more at property in the spot exactly where she created her WTA Tour breakthrough in 2011 by reaching the semifinals.

“It’s a genuinely specific spot for me,” the 32-year-old Kerber mentioned. “Everything begins for me right here in 2011, a lengthy time ago.”

She hadn’t played competitively in seven months, which weighed on her when she headed for New York. How would all that time away from competitors translate to a Grand Slam? How would it play out amid all the alterations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic?

“I was sitting on the plane and I was like, ‘OK, let’s see what takes place,’” she mentioned. “It’s not so uncomplicated. We had such a lengthy break. You have to have a small time to uncover your way and your rhythm once more.”

Kerber’s win with the roof closed at Louis Armstrong Stadium began the third day of the tournament, when a possibility of rain was forecast.

No. six seed Petra Kvitova also moved into the third round with an uneven match that helped her adapt to the new situations. She was nervous in the initially set but played a great deal steadier in a 7-six (three), six-two victory more than Kateryna Kozlova, ranked No. 99 in the planet.

“With my nerves, I wasn’t moving effectively,” she mentioned. “That’s a Grand Slam. At the starting of the tournament it really is usually like that.”

The U.S. Open has been a massive challenge for Kvitova, creating her 14th look. It is the only Grand Slam occasion exactly where she has failed to attain the semifinals. She won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, but her greatest showings at Flushing Meadows have been in 2015 and 2017 when she reached the quarterfinals.

The women’s bracket had 1 puzzling outcome.

No. 30 seed Kristina Mladenovic served for the victory even though top six-1, five-1 against Varvara Gracheva — and lost. She failed to convert 4 match points and let it slip away fully, with the No. 102-ranked Gracheva rallying to a 1-six, 7-six (two), six- victory in her initially Grand Slam tournament.

Mentioned Mladenovic: “She was brave and she went for it.”

In a further upset, No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich six-1, six-two in only 65 minutes.


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