Kerber cruises through


Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Third seed Angelique Kerber hardly broke a sweat as she sealed her progression to the second round of the Brisbane International with a straight-sets victory against Caroline Garcia.

The Frenchwoman was no match for Kerber, with the women’s world number nine needing just 88 minutes to wrap up a 6-4 6-3 victory at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The 26-year-old German next faces Russian Daria Gavrilova after she swept aside American Alison Riske 7-5 6-3.

Fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova will not be joining Kerber and Gavrilova in the second round, however, after she suffered a straight-sets defeat to Madison Keys.

Keys fired down 12 aces as she secured a 7-5 6-2 win in an hour and a half as Cibulkova had no answer to the American’s dominant first serve.

Sabine Lisicki missed the chance to face Maria Sharapova in the next round when she lost to qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova.

Lisicki made a bright start to the match, winning the first set, but then lost the next two as Shvedova claimed a 0-6 7-5 6-4 victory.

It took more than three hours for Karolina Pliskova to beat Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 and the Czech will now tackle Alla Kudryavtseva in the next round after the Russian beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 6-2.

Australian Jarmila Gajdosova set up a showdown against Ana Ivanovic by overcoming Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-1.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni will face Carla Suarez Navarro in the next round after despatching Christina McHale 6-3 6-0, while Madison Brengle will tackle world number 13 Andrea Petkovic’s conqueror Kaia Kanepi after beating fellow qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.

The men’s draw lost a couple of seeded players as Gilles Simon and Julien Benneteau were defeated by wildcard players.

Sixth seed Simon was only on court for 68 minutes as he was comprehensively beaten 6-2 6-2 by 22-year-old Australian James Duckworth.

Eighth seed Benneteau fared only marginally better as he lost 6-4 6-2 to 18-year-old local Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Jeremy Chardy is through to the second round, however, and will face world number 11 Grigor Dimitrov after beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-4 6-4.

Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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