NEW YORK (AP) — So substantially 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 all the things would be unique at Flushing Meadows — no crowds, no city life, none of what tends to make the U.S. Open such a spotlight.
One particular 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 substantially-necessary self-confidence. Her six-three, 7-six (six) victory more than Anna-Lena Friedsam had her feeling a lot more at residence in the spot exactly where she created her WTA Tour breakthrough in 2011 by reaching the semifinals.
“It’s a genuinely unique spot for me,” the 32-year-old Kerber stated. “Everything begins for me right here in 2011, a extended 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 modifications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic?
“I was sitting on the plane and I was like, ‘OK, let’s see what takes place,’” she stated. “It’s not so simple. We had such a extended break. You need to have a small time to come across 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 opportunity 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 initial set but played substantially 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 properly,” she stated. “That’s a Grand Slam. At the starting of the tournament it really is often like that.”
The U.S. Open has been a huge challenge for Kvitova, producing 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 had been in 2015 and 2017 when she reached the quarterfinals.
The women’s bracket had one particular puzzling outcome.
No. 30 seed Kristina Mladenovic served for the victory whilst major six-1, five-1 against Varvara Gracheva — and lost. She failed to convert 4 match points and let it slip away absolutely, with the No. 102-ranked Gracheva rallying to a 1-six, 7-six (two), six- victory in her initial Grand Slam tournament.
Stated 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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