Sharp Angelique Kerber ends Maria Sharapova’s comeback run in Mallorca
Reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber had too much in her locker for Maria Sharapova as she brushed aside the Russian in straight sets at the Mallorca Open.
It has been a disappointing year so far for both players as they have struggled with injury, Kerber with an ankle problem and Sharapova with a shoulder injury that kept her out of action for nearly five months.
And it was top seed Kerber who looked in much better shape as she ran out a 6-2, 6-3 winner.
Defeats Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3! pic.twitter.com/S5JEWNuOWP
— WTA (@WTA) June 20, 2019
“It’s always tough to play Maria, especially in the second round,” Kerber said. “I think everybody was enjoying the match, and we gave our best today. It’s great to be back here in Mallorca. I love this place and I’m looking forward to playing my next match.”
Her next match will be against Caroline Garcia after the sixth seed secured a 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3 victory over Paula Badosa.
Third seed Belinda Bencic booked her place in the quarter-final after Shelby Rogers from the United States was forced to retire while trailling in the deciding set.
Bencic was leading 5-7, 6-3, 3-1 when Rogers threw in the towel due to a right shoulder injury.
“I’m really sad for Shelby that she’s injured, of course I wish her the best recovery and to get ready soon,” the Swiss said. “For me, I’m really excited to be in the quarterfinal, I think it was a tough match today, and I’m just really happy to be through.”
Amanda Anisimova stands between Bencic and a place in the semi-final after the American teenager claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Alize Cornet.
The 🇺🇸 defeats Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4! pic.twitter.com/QDOkaMJW2J
— WTA (@WTA) June 20, 2019
More from Tennis365:
Boris Becker on what happens next for Alexander Zverev after a turbulent 2020
German legend Boris Becker is backing Alexander Zverev to win his first Grand Slam title in 2021.
Dominic Thiem dismisses calls for the Australian Open to be cancelled
US Open champion Dominic Thiem insists next month’s Australian Open should go ahead despite players being in quarantine.
Timeline of Andy Murray’s injury nightmare as he pulls out of Australian Open
Andy Murray is out of next month’s Australian Open here we look at the timeline of Murray’s injury troubles since 2017.
Andy Murray ‘gutted’ as he shelves plans to play at Australian Open
Murray has been unable to solve a quarantine conundrum.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal learn their fate in ATP Cup draw
Serbia will begin…
‘Really unjustified’ – Boris Becker leaps to Novak Djokovic’s defence over his quarantine pleas
Boris Becker believes world No.1 Novak Djokovic has come in for unfair criticism after writing a letter to Australian Open chiefs.
Umpire suffers heart attack as another Australian Open player tests positive for Covid-19
Spanish player Paula Badosa has announced she has tested positive for coronavirus during quarantine in Australia.
Laura Robson unsure about tennis future after third hip operation
The 27-year-old said her priority now is to live a pain-free life.
Andy Murray believes he can still play at the Australian Open as he plots return to action
Former world No.1 Andy Murray is still hopeful of playing in next month’s Australian Open.
Players are urged not to feed the mice in their hotel rooms as Heather Watson turns to Tik Tok
Britain’s Heather Watson has turned to Tik…