Two-time Stuttgart champion Angelique needed two sets against fellow German player Andrea Petkovic to move into the quarterfinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, 6-2, 6-4. Up next, Angie will take on No.6 seed Kiki Bertens for a spot in the semifinals.
Reported by WTATennis.com
Kerber, the No.5 seed, was originally scheduled to play a first-round match, but received a bye after Simona Halep’s withdrawal prompted a reshuffling of the seeds. Her new draw pitted her against wildcard Petkovic, her longtime friend and Fed Cup teammate, in their 12th career meeting.
Kerber got off to a fast start against Petkovic, breaking in the first game – but her lead didn’t last long as Petkovic broke straight back to make it 1-1. The German wildcard had chances to go up 3-1, but Kerber battled away the break points to hold for 2-2.
Unable to capitalize on that opportunity, Petkovic didn’t win another game as the set quickly slipped away from her. Kerber raised her level to reel off the next four games in a row, breaking twice to seal the set with a service winner.
Petkovic rallied to stay within touching distance of Kerber in the early exchanges of the second set, but much like in the first, things started getting a bit complicated after 2-2. Kerber broke first, getting ahead 3-2 – but Petkovic once again broke straight back to erase her lead.
A game later, Kerber was back in front as a Petkovic double fault handed her the decisive break at 4-3. The players stayed on serve as Kerber matched to the finish line, edging through to claim her fourth match point and win in straight sets after 74 minutes.