Petkovic in round two – Kerber just averts the end

Both German players were in action on the first day of the US Open. While Andrea Petkovic made it through in two sentences, Angelique Kerber took a little longer. The woman from Kiel just pulled her head out of the noose.

Oh and noisy in round two: Angelique Kerber

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Andrea Petkovic is in round two of the US Open. The 33-year-old from Darmstadt won on Monday against Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 3). At the Grand Slam tournament in New York, Petkovic now has to deal with the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who is ranked ninth. Against Begu, who was bandaged on the thigh, Petkovic, who was very focused, used her first match ball after 1:44 hours.

Kerber proves strong nerves

Angelique Kerber averted an impending first round at the US Open with fighting strength and great nerves: The former world number one sat on the opening day in an extremely close match 3: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3) against the Ukrainian Dajana Yastremska and now meets her compatriot Anhelina Kalinina.

Kerber, the tournament winner in 2016, last caused a stir with her semi-finals in Wimbledon and Cincinnati and only failed because of the eventual tournament winner Ashleigh Barty (Australia). She had problems against Yastremska from the start. The outsider, who had been suspended from the tour for six months into the summer and then acquitted, dominated the too passive Kerber, who came back. In the third set it went back and forth, the three-time Grand Slam winner was already 3: 5 behind, but fought like crazy for every point.

Kerber had been raised by Boris Becker before the start of the tournament in the circle of title contenders. The German top player, meanwhile, emphasized that she wanted to tackle round by round. “I like to hand over the role of favorite to the others,” she said at Eurosport. Last year Kerber failed in the round of 16 in New York. She has now survived the first lap with a bang. But maybe such a victory will give her an important push for the next matches.

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