WTA Wimbledon: Lauren Davis dethrones Angelique Kerber


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WTA Wimbledon: Lauren Davis dethrones Angelique Kerber

Heading to Wimbledon for the first time since 2017 and with no wins at the All England Club in the last four years, Lauren Davis has dethroned Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 55 minutes! Determined to keep the points on her racquet and keep the champion out of rhythm, Davis blasted 45 winners and 50 unforced errors, playing on a higher level in the crucial moments to send Kerber packing and advance into the last 32.

It wasn't the match of the highest quality and returners had plenty of chances, with massive 27 break points up for grabs. Lauren earned 18 of those, converting eight to forge the difference and allowing Kerber to grab only five, playing better and better as the match progressed to deliver one of her best wins ever.

It was the worst possible start of the encounter for the American who suffered a break in the first five service games to send the German 6-2, 1-1 up. With no room for further mistakes, Lauren broke for the second time in a row in game three with a deep return to gather the momentum, starting to serve better and imposing her shots to take the rhythm away from the favorite.

Saving three break points in game six, Davis clocked another break after a double fault from Kerber, moving 5-2 up and sealing the second part of the match with a hold at love to force a decider. The American fended off a break point in the second game of the third set and fired a return winner for a break in the next game, creating the lead and extending it with another great return game that sent her 4-1 up.

Serving to stay in the match, Kerber lost serve again at 1-5 and Davis started a massive celebration of an incredible triumph after all the problems in the last couple of years.