London: Angie to play Linette in Round 2
Jun 27, 2022

Angelique held off a furious fightback by former Top 10 player Kristina Mladenovic before notching a 6-0, 7-5 victory and advancing into the second round of Wimbledon.

Reported by WTA Staff

In her 51st consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearance, No.15 seed Kerber took just over an hour to collect her 83rd match-win on grass in her career. Among active players, only Serena Williams and Venus Williams have more match-wins on grass than Kerber.

Former World No.1 Kerber, who was a Wimbledon semifinalist last year and a runner-up in 2016, romped through the opening set in 16 minutes and took a commanding 6-0, 2-0 lead over Mladenovic, who reached a career-high ranking of World No.10 in 2017.

But Mladenovic found fierce forehands to pull back level with Kerber up to 5-5 in the second set. However, Kerber’s movement and rally tolerance helped the German reclaim the break at 6-5, and she clinched victory in the next game with a backhand winner on her first match point.

Kerber finished the day with 16 winners to Mladenovic’s 20, but the Frenchwoman fired 27 unforced errors while former titlist Kerber had only 12 miscues.

Next up for Kerber will be Poland’s Magda Linette, who defeated Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez 6-1, 6-4. Linette has pulled off three Top 10 wins at Grand Slams in her career, but Kerber recently defeated Linette en route to the Strasbourg title last month.