Sharp Angelique Kerber ends Maria Sharapova’s comeback run in Mallorca

Angelique Kerber

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.

“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.

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