Angelique Kerber in crushing form in her Dubai opener

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Angelique Kerber lost just three games as she overwhelmed Barbora Strykova in her Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships opening match.

The two-time Grand Slam winner required just 59 minutes to claim a 6-2, 6-1 victory and set up a second-round encounter against former Dubai champion Sara Errani, who beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-3.

“I think I played a good match. I played a solid match. It’s always tough to play against her. You never know what’ll happen. She’s always a fighter, but I’m happy to won the match in two sets,” Kerber told WTATennis.com.

Fifth seed Caroline Garcia is also through after she beat Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-5, and she will face Ekaterina Makarova in the second round after the Russian beat Anastasja Sevastova 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3.

“I am definitely very happy with the win, and relieved to get through in two sets because I was up and had a bad game,” Garcia said.

“She kept believing and fighting, so I am happy to be in the second round because she is always a tough player, coming back from injury.”

However, Australian Open semi-finalist Elise Mertens crashed out as she went down 6-3, 6-3 against Cici Bellis while Anett Kontaveit beat former US Open champion Sam Stosur 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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