Angelique beat World No. 76 Anhelina Kalinina 6-3, 6-2 in the US Open second round on Thursday as she avenged her shock defeat by the Ukrainian player in the first round of Roland Garros earlier this year. This time around, the three-time major champion had all the answers, with 23 winners to just 14 unforced errors, and a break point conversion rate of 5-of-6.
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“I played good today, I think,” said Kerber. “I knew [she is] always a tough opponent. I lost against her in Paris this year, so I was prepared what to expect. I was focusing from the first point. I think that I was really aggressive today, and I think that was the key for me, for the match today.”
Kerber raced to a 4-0 lead in an unorthodox way: she saved break points in both of her service games, and Kalinina could not win a point in either of hers. After getting on the board, Kalinina edged closer in the opener, but the German’s forehand worked when it had to, and she fired a winner from that wing down the line to take the first set.
Kerber then cruised through the second set to clinch the victory, lining up a third-round match against an opponent she has had trouble with: 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens of the United States. Stephens has won five of their six previous meetings.
“We played so many matches,” Kerber said, looking ahead to Stephens. “She’s always a tricky opponent. She can play everything. I know that here, especially here, she is always playing her best tennis. I have to be ready from the first point.”