Angelique Kerber of Germany during practice before the start of the 2020 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament
Miami Open: Angie stopped in Round 3
Mar 27, 2021

Angelique was eliminated in the third round of the Miami Open by 15th-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 5-7, 2-6.

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Azarenka rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the first set to eventually beat Angie for the ninth time in 10 career meetings, six of which have come in straight sets. After she lost four straight games after breaking serve at love to begin the match, Azarenka’s comeback effort gained steam thanks to a marathon seventh game.

Unable to break in the fifth game despite having opportunities at 15-40, the Belarusian later denied Kerber three opportunities to extend her lead to 5-2 before getting the opener back on serve.

Azarenka ultimately won six of the last seven games to take a one-set lead, with Angie only moving ahead 5-4 after saving break point, and broke serve three times in the second set to seal victory.

The 33-year-old Angie, ranked 26th, was making her 12th appearance in the tournament. Her best result so far was reaching the semifinals in 2016.

The schedule of her next tournaments will be announced soon.