Angelique closed out the day session on Court Manolo Santana with a decisive 6-3, 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko to reach the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Reported by WTATennis.com
Kerber had never lost to the two-time Abierto Mexicano Telcel champion in three previous meetings, and extended their head-to-head to 4-0 after one hour and 12 minutes on court.
The German is one French Open away from a Career Grand Slam, and though the reigning Wimbledon winner considers clay her least favorite surface, she has nonetheless enjoyed a solid start to the clay court season, reaching the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix quarterfinals in Stuttgart.
Against Tsurenko, she raced through the opening three games, and though she lost that initial break of serve in the seventh game, she broke straight back and captured the opening set from two break points down.
The second set saw more momentum shifts as the two traded five consecutive service breaks before Kerber was able to take command, winning the last four games and securing victory with a searing forehand winner.
Standing between the three-time major champion and a spot in the third round is surging Croat Petra Martic.