Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova progress at US Open despite wobbles

Angelique Kerber celebrates

Angelique Kerber is through to the third round of the US Open, although it wasn’t without drama.

The reigning Wimbledon champion, playing Johanna Larsson, let a 5-2 lead slip in the second set, twice failing to serve out the match and failing to convert two match points.

Kerber arrived in New York having won just one match since her SW19 success, and there appeared to be some struggled with confidence as she struggled to put the Swede away.

However, she regained her composure to claim a 6-2 5-7 6-4 win.

“It’s always a battle here, especially in these conditions,” Kerber said afterwards. “It’s a really hot and you just have to play it point-by-point.

“I think we both played at a really high level from the first point. She played a great match. I think in the end it was just one or two points that decided the match.”

Petra Kvitova was also less than convincing, despite her 7-5 6-3 win over Yafan Wang.

“There was a moment in the first set when I lost myself a little bit and she broke me,” said Kvitova, “but I fought back and I thought I did pretty well.

“Hopefully the weather will get better in the next two days. I’m really happy that I managed to win.”

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