2016 champ Kerber into 2nd round, extends strain to 10 wins

Former champion Angelique Kerber continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 win over associate German Anna-Lena Friedsam to strech a second turn of a Australian Open.

Kerber raced by a initial set in 17 mins Tuesday though had her struggles in a second and was damaged twice before converting her second compare indicate and fluctuating her strain to 10 uninterrupted wins.

She non-stop a year by winning 4 singles matches during a Hopman Cup, where Germany mislaid a final to Switzerland, and won a Sydney International final week for her initial pretension given a 2016 U.S. Open.

Kerber done her vital breakthrough dual years ago in Australia, where she kick Serena Williams in a final, and went on to strech a Wimbledon final and win a U.S. Open in a year when she rose to No. 1.

Her ranking slid into a 20s in 2017, though she’s entrance behind into a kind of form that creates her a pretension contender during Melbourne Park. She and Maria Sharapova are a usually former Australian Open champions in a women’s draw.

“I’m only enjoying it on justice again,” Kerber said. “Something is going on with Australia and me. we adore this nation — we suffer my stay, play my best tennis.

“The year starts good — I’m only anticipating to continue this.”

Kerber will applaud her 30th birthday on Thursday, when she has a second-round compare opposite possibly Nao Habino or Donna Vekic.

No. 9 Johanna Konta kick Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-1, handing a U.S. a 10th detriment in 11 first-round women’s matches.

The first-round upsets enclosed Venus Williams, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist here and during a U.S. Open final year.

“It’s a covenant to how many good first- and second-round matches we have,” Konta pronounced of a early upsets. “Shows how most abyss we have in a women’s diversion right now.”

Konta will subsequent accommodate Bernarda Pera, a propitious crook in a subordinate contest who purebred a second win by an American lady during a contest when she kick Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova 6-2, 6-2.

No. 20 Barbora Strycova’s 6-1, 7-5 win over wild-card entrance Kristie Ahn done it 2-12 for a U.S. women with dual nonetheless to play.

Former No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova, a 2016 U.S. Open finalist, non-stop with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Veronica Cepede Royg, No. 8 Caroline Garcia kick Carina Witthoft 7-5, 6-3 and No. 29 Lucie Safarova degraded Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-3.

Fernando Verdasco, a semifinalist here in 2009, had a 6-1, 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 20 and associate Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Defending champion Roger Federer had a night compare opposite Aljaz Bedene.

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