Angelique Kerber snapped her worrying losing streak in Osaka, later admitting ‘it’s nice to win again.’
Kerber has had a wretched summer, despite it starting well with a run to the final at Eastborne.
However, it soon started going wrong for Kerber, as her Wimbledon defence lasted just two matches, and she headed to Japan on a five-match losing streak.
She now hopes she has turned a corner, though, after earning a fine 6-2, 6-4 win over Nicole Gibbs.
“It’s nice to have a win again,” Kerber admitted.
“It was a tough match. We both played really well. But it’s a good feeling to win a match.
“The goal now is to finish the year as well as I can, to put all the energy which I have into this run in Asia and to play well in the next few weeks.”
Kerber will face a true test of her newly-found resolve with a match against Madison Keys next up.
“I know Madison really well, so I know what to expect,” Kerber added. “It will be interesting.
“We both know we have to play our best against each other.”
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