Angelique Kerber in crushing form in her Dubai opener
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.
Jamie Murray says quarantine threat on tour means players must be ready to adapt
The doubles specialist plans to travel to tournaments in Mexico and Miami next month without knowing what to expect on arrival.
Battle of the Brits event is back and this time with spectators
The Battle of the Brits events were a huge success during the Covid-19 crisis and now they are set to return with spectators.
The only way is up for Naomi Osaka as she looks to replicate hard-court success on clay and grass
Oli Jefford on the world being Naomi Osaka’s oyster.
Britain’s strength in depth in doubles highlights quality of structure
British tennis may be wondering who can replace Andy Murray, but they have a very different story to tell in the doubles arena.
Rafael Nadal pulls out of his next event due to ‘ongoing’ back problem
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the ABN…
Lleyton Hewitt to be inducted into International Tennis Hall Of Fame
Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt is the latest player who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Five of the best men’s matches at the Australian Open featuring Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Nadal, and more
The matches that made us sit up and take note.
Five of the best women’s matches at Australian Open featuring Naomi Osaka vs Garbine Muguruza, and more
Five of the best women’s singles matches at the 2021 Aus Open.
Ashleigh Barty laments giving away control to Danielle Collins as she suffers defeat in Adelaide
Early exit for defending champion Ashleigh Barty.
Toni Nadal believes the pressure got to Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final
Daniil Medvedev felt the heat.