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IW: Angie cruises into 3rd round
Mar 09, 2019

No.8 seed Angelique Kerber dropped just two games in her first match of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.

The three-time Grand Slam champion nearly scored the seventh double bagel victory of her professional career against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva in second round action, winning the first 10 games of the match before sealing a 6-0, 6-2 victory in 64 minutes.

The pair were facing off for the first time in nine years, with their last meeting coming in Luxembourg in 2010 when Putintseva was merely 18-years-old in her WTA main draw debut.

The former World No.1 was nearly immaculate on serve in the win, winning all but two points behind her first serve in the match, though she was taken to deuce three in seven service games.

Up next for Kerber will be a surprise package in Russian qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva, who also surrendered just two games in an identical scoreline against No.26 seed Carla Suárez Navarro.