Posts Tagged ‘Angelique Kerber

14
May
12

Schiavonne’s slump continues in Rome.

Francesca Schiavone was an early casualty in the Rome Masters today after losing her opening round match to Ekaterina Makarova. The out-of-form Schiavone, the 10th seed here and 2010 French Open champion, was beaten 6-3 6-4 by her Russian opponent as she slumped to a 10th defeat in her last 12 matches.

Number 12 Angelique Kerber of Germany was also made to battle hard before she progressed through to the second round with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 win Australian qualifier Anastasia Rodionova. “It was very tough conditions because some of the court had shadows, some was sunny, and it was windy,” Kerber said on http://www.wtatennis.com. “And Anastasia played very well – I was just thinking to fight and play point by point, and I’m very happy I won.”

Serbian Ana Ivanovic, the 13th seed, had no such concerns though in her 6-4 6-3 win over Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in a battle between two other former Roland Garros winners. Other players making it through their opening matches today were Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Julia Goerges, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Christina McHale, Chanelle Scheepers, Iveta Benesova, Shahar Peer, Vania King and Sofia Arvidsson.

08
May
12

Venus is ousted from Madrid by Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1.

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Making the round of sixteen were No.8 seed Li Na and No.12 seed Angelique Kerber. Kerber was the first to advance, outsteadying former World No.1 Venus Williams, 64 61; Li beat Spanish wildcard Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, 63 61. “I’m very happy I could beat Venus. She’s a great player, a great champion and has won so many Grand Slams,” Kerber said. “I played very well from the first point, so I’m very happy about it. It means a lot to me to win against her.” Kerber has had her breakthrough results on hardcourts, including her first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open and her first two WTA titles at Paris and Copenhagen, but she feels comfortable on clay as well. “It doesn’t matter to me where I play – blue clay, red clay, hardcourts,” she said. “The blue clay is a little bit different though. It’s very slippery and the balls bounce a little bit higher, but I feel good on it, and I’m in the third round now. I hope to continue like this.”

Li leads Kerber in their head-to-head series, 3-1, although Kerber’s win did come in their last meeting, their only 2012 meeting, at Indian Wells.

Samantha Stosur survived another midnight encounter to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters with a tough three-set win over American teenager Christina McHale. The Australian fifth seed struggled with her serve in the first two sets and was broken twice in each, but found her range in the decider to claim a 2-6 6-4 6-0 victory in just under two hours. The fifth-seeded Stosur, accustomed to late finishes after her series of midnight epics at last year’s US Open, came alive when she really needed it, reeling off eight straight games to finish McHale off. “I knew it was going to be a late day, but I certainly didn’t think we would start at 10 o’clock and finish up at midnight,” Stosur said.

 

14
Apr
12

Wozniacki will have her hands full against Kerber in Sunday’s Copenhagen final.

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Caroline Wozniacki will attempt to win her third consecutive e-BoksOpen title in Copenhagen on Sunday after booking a final clash with Angelique Kerber. Denmark’s former world number one produced a strong performance to see off unseeded Croatian Petra Martic in their semi-final, winning 6-3 6-2. Wozniacki, 21, dropped her serve only once and it was from the only break opportunity she faced.

Now second seed Kerber stands in her way, with the 24-year-old German recording an impressive 6-2 6-1 win over Serbian third seed Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic, herself a one-time world number one, made little impression against the Kerber serve, earning only one break point which she failed to capitalise on.

 

 

17
Mar
12

Azarenka and Sharapova will meet again in the final at Indian Wells.

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Victoria Azarenka extended her winning streak at the start of 2012 to 22 matches as she beat 18th seed Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Azarenka’s run is the best start to a season in the women’s game since Martina Hingis won her first 37 games in 1997. Azarenka, though, was generous in her praise for her German opponent. “I’m really impressed by the way Angelique was playing,” Azarenka told the WTA’s official website. “It was the first time we played on the pro tour, so it was a little bit new for me, and she showed some excellent tennis. “I think she’s a great player and she really pushed me to raise my level and really dig to win that match.”

Azarenka will face second seed Maria Sharapova, who was 6-4 0-1 up when opponent Ana Ivanovic was forced to withdraw with what was later confirmed as a left hip injury. Trailing 5-4, Ivanovic took a break nearly eight minutes in length for, at the time, unknown reasons. But anyone who thought this could turn into another three-hour match for Sharapova was sorely mistaken just two games later, after the Russian served out the opening set. A hip injury had affected Ivanovic, so much so that her coach, Nigel Sears, all but told her to let this one go. The Serb soldiered out for one more game, which she won, but the pain was too much to bear; a short session with the trainer confirmed the inevitable. Ivanovic told Sharapova it was over, and it’s still more than four years since the two have played a completed match.

15
Mar
12

Kerber jumps into the top 15 and will present Azarenka with a tough challenge in the semifinal.

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Angelique Kerber lit up center court at the BNP Paribas Open, grinding out a 47-minute first set then cruising past No.8 seed Li Na in the second set to reach the semifinals. The No.18-seeded Kerber had lost all three of the pair’s previous matches, but after toughing out the lengthy first set, which could have gone either way as Li held a point to make it 5-all, Kerber had little trouble in the second set, winning the last five games – and last 11 points – to prevail under the lights, 64 62. “She was playing very tough, so I just tried to move very well and hit deep, just play aggressive tennis and focus on me,” Kerber said. “I knew I had to be focused until the last point, though – the last two matches I was match point down and won, so I knew I needed to be focused until the last point today.” Kerber recorded her third career Top 10 win, having gotten her first two just last month in Paris (against Maria Sharapova and Marion Bartoli). Now she will take on the World No.1, though, a semifinal clash with Victoria Azarenka. “I have nothing to lose in the next match,” Kerber said of the looming semifinal. “I will go out there, try to play my tennis and focus on myself like today. But also I’m going to try to enjoy myself out there, and try to beat her, of course.” Kerber, who will crack the Top 15 by virtue of this result, is quietly becoming a household name.

14
Feb
12

Angelique Kerber carried her impressive form into the WTA Qatar Open by upsetting ninth-seed Sabine Lisicki.

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The 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory was the fourth time in as many matches that Kerber had got the better of her German compatriot, who is ranked 14th in the world and considered as one of the rising stars of the game. “She is a great player who is also a good friend, so it’s not easy playing against her,” Kerber, who won the Paris Indoors last week, said after her victory. “We travel together and live in the same hotels, but I was focused on my game,” Kerber added. Kerber, ranked No.22 in the world, reached at least the semi-finals in six of the past 10 tournaments she played before winning her first WTA title in Paris.

“I am really playing well, but this is a big tournament with many stars playing, but I will really try my best,” she added. The top eight players in the field have been given first round byes and will see kick off their title challenges on Wednesday.




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