WTA Miami: Kerber dismantles Larsson. McHale, Radwanska and Sevastova win



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WTA Miami: Kerber dismantles Larsson. McHale, Radwanska and Sevastova win

World number 10 Angelique Kerber notched her 19th win of the season after a commanding 6-2 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson in 64 minutes. This was their third meeting, the first since 2012, and Angelique saved all three break points to keep the pressure on the Swede, winning 50% of the return points and scoring four breaks to reach the third round in style.

The German kicked off the match with a break of serve and he grabbed another one in game seven to close the opener on own serve with a hold at 15 a few minutes later. It was all about Kerber at the start of the second set as well, breaking Larsson in games three and five to race into a 6-2 4-1 lead.

Johanna finally played a better return game in game six but she wasted three break points, missing a chance to prolong the match at least for a game or two and Kerber sealed the deal on her fourth match point in game eight.

2012 Miami champion Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the third round with a 6-3 7-6 victory against Alison Van Uytvanck in an hour and 49 minutes. The struggling Pole played better than in the most of 2017, still far behind her level from the previous seasons but at least enough to close the match in straight sets despite the problems she had after leading 5-3 in set number two.

Agnieszka defeated Alison for the third round in as many matches but she had to work hard to earn it, serving at only 49% and losing serve four times. On the other hand, the Belgian had even more troubles in her games, losing more than 50% of the points on serve and suffering six breaks from 12 opportunities she gave to Radwanska.

They stayed neck and neck in the first six games but Agnieszka took charge in the closing stages, breaking Van Uytvanck three times in a row for a 6-3. The second set was closer and we saw back-to-back breaks three times as they stayed locked up at 5-5 (Agnieszka served for the win at 5-3 before losing serve) to set up a tie break.

Radwanska won it 7-4 with four mini-breaks to book the place in round three and avoid spending more time on the court. Second round results:

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