Angelique Kerber of Germany during practice before the start of the 2020 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament
Dubai: Angie bows out in the first round
Mar 08, 2021

Angie’s 2021 Dubai campaign has been ended in the opening round, following a 6-3, 2-6, 4-6 loss to world no.47 Caroline Garcia at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.

The result is the Frenchwoman’s third victory over Angie in nine matches. All six of Angelique’s wins have come in straight sets, whereas Garcia has now claimed both of their three-set tilts (along with one win via retirement).

The match was littered with mistakes, with Angie committing 38 unforced errors to just nine winners, as well as 10 double faults. Garcia matched the German in this regard in the first set, tallying five winners to 16 unforced errors, but cleaned up her game enough to snatch victory.

There were six breaks of serve in the first set, Angelique broke two times more than her rival. However, Garcia responded by capitalising on her two chances in the second set to level the contest.

The three-time Grand Slam champion was 4-1 up in the final set, but then she surrendered five games in a row to suffer her fourth defeat in seven matches in 2021.

Angie’s best result at the WTA 1000 event in Dubai came in 2017 and 2018, when she reached semi-finals. She lost to Elina Svitolina on both occasions.