New York (AP) – Second game, second win: Angelique Kerber is in good shape at the US Open despite the long Corona break.
In the German game with Anna-Lena Friedsam, the 32-year-old won 6: 3, 7: 6 (8: 6) on Wednesday and is now in New York for the eighth time in her tennis career in the third round. Under the roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium, which remained closed due to the initial rain, Kerber used her second game ball at 1:40 p.m. In the battle for a place in the round of 16, the German number one will face the winner of the American game between Ann Li and number 13 Alison Riske on Friday.
“It’s never easy to play against a player from Germany. But I think it was a good game and I’m happy to be in the third round,” said Kerber, who is 50 in New York. Grand Slam entry is. She has particularly fond memories of the US Open. In 2011 she broke through there with the semi-finals, in 2016 she won the title and became the first German since Steffi Graf to become number one in the world. “It’s always special to come back to a place like this,” said Kerber, for whom it was the third win in the third game with Friedsam.
Kerber, who decided to participate in the US Open at the last minute, was on par with her good performance in the first round match against Ajla from Australia against Friedsam.
Tomljanovic. Kiel’s wife quickly took over from her compatriot and drove away to 3-0. Friedsam managed to shorten it to 2: 3 afterwards, but then Kerber picked up the pace again and won the first round with the first set ball.
Kerber hadn’t played any games during the long Corona hiatus and instead focused on training with her old, new coach Torben Beltz. And the renewed collaboration between the two already seems to be yielding good results.
Friedsam was able to open the game in the second set, but Kerber kept his nerves in the tie-break and secured the victory. This makes her the last remaining German in the women’s tournament. Tatjana Maria, Laura Siegemund and Tamara Korpatsch were eliminated in the first round. Julia Görges and Andrea Petkovic had decided not to travel to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic.