Angelique Kerber celebrated the first victory this year and stands at the WTA tournament in Indian Wells in the third round. Jan-Lennard Struff failed.
The Kieler set at number 15 defined the Chinesin Zheng Qinwen in 2:18 hours with 6: 2, 5: 7, 6: 4 and get it now with Darja Kassatkina (Russia / No. 23) to do. In Round one Kerber had a freil.
Kerber was already with 1: 4 against the only 19-year-old Zheng in the decisive third sentence, but then aggressive from the baseline, won five games in a row and turned their fourth matchball at the end.
Thus, Kerber meets in Indian Wells in the round of the last 32 again on Kassatkina. Last fall, Germans had prevailed with 6: 2, 1: 6 and 6: 4. Overall, the two nine times faced opposite, five victories went to Kerber.
Dominik Koepfer has followed in Indian Wells Oscar Otte (Cologne) in the second round. The Furtwangener won against Benoit Paire from France with 2: 6, 7: 5, 6: 4 and meets in the second round on the number seven russians Andrej Rublew.
In the first round, Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) and Daniel Altmaier (Kempen) failed. Struff lost the Australian John Millman with 6: 7 (6: 8), 4: 6, Altmaier lost to Steve Johnson (USA) with 3: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7).
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Otte had previously defeated the French Richard Gasquet with 6: 2, 1: 6, 6: 3 and now gets to do with the Hubert Hurkacz set to eleven. In addition to Otte and Koepfer Olympic champion Alexander Zverev (Hamburg / No. 3) is already in the second round after a freil.