Angelique Kerber gives thoughts on Iga Swiatek's game ahead of Indian Wells clash

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Angelique Kerber gives thoughts on Iga Swiatek's game ahead of Indian Wells clash

Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber entered her Indian Wells Masters third round match with the mindset to go for her shots and it paid off. Kerbert, now ranked at No. 16 in the world, saw off Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1 to progress into the Indian Wells round-of-16.

"I knew before that I have to play really aggressive against her and to go for it and play my game. It was a little bit windy out there so I was trying to get used to the wind, stepping one step forward and taking the match in my hand.

I'm happy with how I played and my performance," Kerber said, per the WTA website.

Kerber praises Iga Swiatek

Kerber now has a tough task ahead of her as she plays next world No. 4 Swiatek. Kerber has no previous meetings with Swiatek but says she knows the Pole is a top player.

"I think she really played consistently the last few years, especially last year and the start of this year. She tries to play more aggressive so she has everything that you need to have for a top player. So I think it will be a really tough match, but also it's great to have a match against a top player that I'm playing for the first time.

It's not happening so often," Kerber said of facing Swiatek. Kerber tested positive for COVID-19 during the preseason and it impacted her preparation for the season. Kerber is playing just her third tournament of the year.

"I think I started the season a little bit later, two months later than usual, because of all the things that happened," Kerber said. "I didn't have the best off-season because of the Covid situation. Then coming back, being really healthy and being sure and trusting with your body - it was ok, I didn't get a big infection or situation - but now I'm almost trying to come back.

Also mind-wise, I'm starting here a little bit fresher. So [I'm] starting the season a little bit here for me."