Kerber celebrates 29th birthday with victory in Australian Open

Kerber celebrates 29th birthday with victory in Australian Open”

So it went on Wednesday for world No. 1 Angie Kerber, who on her 29th birthday struggled through into the third round after a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2 victory over unheralded 21-year-old German countrywoman Carina Witthoeft at the Australian Open. The final top 10 seed to win on Tuesday was Tomas Berdych, who beat Ryan Harrison, 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

For the second time in as many rounds, the world No.1 let slip a straight-sets match-winning position, only to have to dig her way out of trouble in three sets.

She will next play the victor of Wednesday's second-round match between Kristyna Pliskova and Irina-Camelia Begu. "It was not so easy", said Kerber. Back then, she got to play against the likes of Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

Exchanging breaks to start the match, the defending champion steadied sooner to edge ahead 5-2, serving out the opening set to love.

In the meantime, Kerber already had an idea in mind on how she planned to close out her Australian birthday party.

With things looking very tight in the first set with only a break of serve separating the two in the scoreboard, Kerber made the breakthrough once again as she saved two game points in the process to extend her lead to two breaks of serve and also gave herself a chance to serve out the set.

After the match, Williams pulled out of the doubles competition, where she was scheduled to play a first-round match with sister Serena later Wednesday.

She came out firing in the second set, ambushing Witthoeft for an early 2-0 lead.

"I have to talk about this every interview", Williams said in reply to what has become a regular post-match question to the oldest player in the women's draw here. Kuznetsova will next match up against former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, who defeated German Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4.

On the men's side, fourth seed Stan Wawrinka dumped 33rd-ranked American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. "I've played some of the greats".

Romania's Sorana Cirstea stunned 10th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (1), 6-3, while Germany's Mona Barthel took down 29th-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-4.

In other early matches, No. 11 Elina Svitolina had a 6-4, 6-1 win over US qualifier Julia Boserup and No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat fellow Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 6-2.

There was better news for Venus Williams, a 6-3 6-2 victor over Stefanie Voegele, and French Open title-holder Garbine Muguruza, who defeated Samantha Crawford 7-5 6-4.

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