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US OPEN 2020 DAY 3 : Angelique Kerber, Kvitova and Martic moves into 3rd round, Vondrousova crashes out

US OPEN 2020 DAY 3 : Angelique Kerber moves into 3rd round
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US OPEN 2020 DAY 3 

17th seed Angelique Kerber, 6th seed Petra Kvitova and 8th seed Petra Martic won their respective matches and moved into the 3rd round of the US open while last year Runner-up at Roland Garros Marketa Vondrousova crashed out.

17th seed and former US Open champion Angelique Kerber has reached the 3rd round at the Flushing Meadows on Wednesday. She defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam by 6-3, 7-6(8-6) in a match time of an hour and 40 minutes.

The left-hander German who returned to action for the 1st time in 7 months beat Australian Akla Tomljanivic 6-4, 6-4 in the first round.

Kerber started with a 3-0 lead but 109th seed Anna-Lena Friedsam broke back in the match but then lost his own serve in the 6th game which saw her, at last, handing the 1st set to Kerber. Kerber, broke again in the 2nd set and played his game and won the match but Friedsam really made her work hard for this victory as she pushed the 2nd set into the tie-breaker which she lost by 6-8.

“It was really a tricky match & when you play against a German it’s not easy mentally,” Kerber, playing his 50th grand slam said.

The 3-time Grand slam champion last won at Flushing Meadows in 2016 defeating K.Pliskova in the final.


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No.6 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated in a tough battle of Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova by 7-6(3), 6-2 to book her place in the 3rd round.

The two-time Wimbledon champions faced a tough challenge by the World.no 99 Kozlav in their first meet. Kozlov was leading the opening set with 5-4 but Kvitova saved a set point to take the set and then the match in 1 hour 40 minutes.

She will face American Jessica Pegula who reached the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals last week or Kirsten Flipkens, who knocked out the Czech out of 2013 Wimbledon.

Eights seed Petra Martic edged past into the 3rd round with her easy win over Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko. Matric dominated Bondarenka with 8 aces and converting 4 out of 16 break points chances to sail past to the next round.

In another battle, last year French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova crashed out of the US Open in the 2nd round being handed the defeat by Belarusian Aliaksandhu Sarnovich by 6-1,6-2 on Wednesday. Now, the 12th seed has become the highest seed to be eliminated so far at the Flushing Meadows.

Other Results, Day 3 :

Women’s Singles, 2nd round

A Kontavesil(14) beat K.Juvan by 6-4, 6-1
V.Grachova beat K.Mladenovic(30) by 6-1,6-7(2),6-0
M.Linette(24) beat D.Kovinic by 6-1,6-7(2),7-6(4)
V.Putintseva(23) beat V.Lapka by 6-3,6-3
J.Brady beat C.Bellis by 6-1,6-2

 

 

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