EASTBOURNE Liberal Tribune: Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber eased into series three of the Eastbourne International as Johanna Konta, Kiki Bertens, Simona Halep, and Caroline Wozniacki also reached the last 16 on Tuesday.
Angelique Kerber made the semi-finals
Kerber completes the semi-finals at the Mallorca Open previous week to kick off her grass-court period. And will be confident of claiming her first trophy of the year in Eastbourne, where she has twice accomplished the final.
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Her challenger Sam Stosur was one of a host of the team playing two games in the one day after rain interrupted Monday’s timetable.
The expert Australian had seen off American Sofia Kenin in the round first. Except had no answer to Kerber’s power as the German fired 15 victories in a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Kerber about game:
“It’s pleasant being back here, having one more good match on grass before Wimbledon,” said Angelique Kerber. “That’s why I’m here. I love to play here on grass. Therefore I try to enjoy every contest and every moment right now.”
Bertens was also in improving form as the number three seed saw off Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-1. Defending winner Caroline Wozniacki won indirectly sets too.
Defeating Andrea Petkovic, 6-4, 6-4, to set up another game of last year’s final next to Aryna Sabalenka. Konta is eager to make an impact on home soil after getting the semi-finals of the French Open.
The world number 19 was pressed all the way by Greece’s Maria Sakkari. Although prevailed 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to set up a game three clash with Ons Jabeur.
Sixth seed Halep started her grass-court battle in style with a 6-2, 6-0 beating of Su-Wei Hsieh. And she will be sure of further improvement when she is against Slovakian qualifier Polona Hercog next. Elena Svitolina was the highest-ranked player to exit on Tuesday. As the Ukranian fifth seed bowed out 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to Alize Cornet.