No.10 seed Angelique advanced to her third straight BNP Paribas Open quarterfinal on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-1 win in the fourth round over Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic. She will face No.21 seed Paula Badosa for a spot in the semifinals.
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Having won both of their prior meetings, Kerber came into her third meeting with Tomljanovic full of confidence after two tough three-set wins over Katerina Siniakova and Daria Kasatkina. Unseeded Tomljanovic had done well to pave her own way through the draw, earning her first Top 10 win of the season over No.5 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and ousting No.26 seed Tamara Zidansek.
Kerber raced out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set before Tomljanovic was able to take advantage of the former No.1’s misfiring groundstrokes to close the gap to 5-4. It took Kerber five set points to finally close out the opener, finally clinching it by breaking down the Australian’s forehand to earn a buried shot into the net.
With the set in hand, Kerber powered through the second set without losing serve and began to inject more offensive firepower into her forehand. She finished with 21 winners and 21 unforced errors, holding Tomljanovic to 12 winners and extracting 27 unforced errors.
“It was a tough match actually,” Kerber said. “I played well in the first set. She came back. It was really a close first set at the end. The second set was as well really tough. I mean, even the score was a little bit not like really close, but every single game was a tough battle. I was just trying to be aggressive, take my chances. I’m happy to be through and be in the next round here.”