Wimbledon: Former titlist Angelique Kerber reaches 2R; Kiki Bertens ousted



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Wimbledon: Former titlist Angelique Kerber reaches 2R; Kiki Bertens ousted

Marta Kostyuk upset 17th seed Kiki Bertens in their first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The Ukrainian won 6-3, 6-4 against the Dutchwoman, who’s playing the Championships for the last time in her career. In the second round, Kostyuk awaits either Anastasija Sevastova or Zarina Diyas.

Russia’s Anna Blinkova set up a second-round clash against top seed Ashleigh Barty. Blinkova came through in her opener against Timea Babos 6-2, 6-2 in just 69 minutes. Blinkova’s compatriot, Elena Vesnina also made it to the second round with a straight-sets win over Martina Trevisan.

Vesnina won 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 27 minutes. In the second round, Vesnina will play 20th seed Coco Gauff. The American got past wildcard, Fran Jones of Great Britain, 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes. Gauff didn’t face a single break point in the match and converted two of the seven break points she had.

She hit 22 winners and had 19 unforced errors to the Briton’s 14 winners and 25 unforced errors. Jessica Pegula seeded 22nd in the draw, also joined compatriot Gauff in the second round. The 2021 Australian Open semi-finalist defeated Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-1 in 61 minutes in their opening-round clash.

In the second round, Pegula will face Liudmila Samsonova.

Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber extends winning streak

Croatia’s Petra Martic also advanced to the round-of-64. The 26th seed defeated Varvara Gracheva of Russia 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes.

She’ll face Irina-Camelia Begu for a place in the third round. French Open champion and 14th seed Barbora Krejcikova opened her Wimbledon run with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Clara Tauson. The Czech saved all five break points she faced while making good of three of the five break-point opportunities she had.

Twenty winners and 13 unforced errors accounted for her scoresheet while Tauson finished with 19 winners and 26 unforced errors. In the second round, Krejcikova will play Andrea Petkovic. The German defeated Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-3 in 67 minutes to reach the second round of a Major for the first time in almost two years (since the 2019 US Open).

Former world no. 1 Angelique Kerber joined fellow countrywoman Petkovic in the second round at Wimbledon. Kerber, the 2018 Wimbledon champion, posted a 6-4, 6-3 win over Nina Stojanovic in an hour and 24 minutes. Kerber hit 11 winners and 12 unforced errors in the match but was also helped by Stojanovic’s 32 unforced errors. Next up for Kerber will be either Sara Sorribes Tormo or Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh.