Angelique Kerber has made it safely to the second round of the Australian Open, the defending champion is out. The Wimbledon champion is a American waiting now. For the men, there were victories and anniversaries for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
"It was not so easy, I was nervous," said Kerber in the TV channel Eurosport. "I'm definitely proud of myself and look forward to the second round." Next opponent is this Sunday, the American Danielle Collins in the first round victory over Julia Görges. The only comparison against the 25-year-old number 35 in the world, Kerber clearly won in the previous year on grass. "This will be a tough Match, I game look of game," said Kerber, and announced a "glass of water" or a "glass of wine" to drink. "I'm glad it went a bit faster and I now have a little bit of time to initiate," she said.
Alexander Zverev wants to be this Saturday for the first time in the last 16 in Melbourne and CET against Australian Alex is from 9.00 a.m. Bolt is also a favorite. Kerber this role, against the world ranking list 240. Birrell.
As both the Rod-Laver Arena for the last game of the day entered, it was already nearly 22: 00, and many of the 15,000 seats were not occupied after the victory of Rafael Nadal over Australia's Alex de Minaur. Birrell began after surprising Victories in the past few weeks, self-aware and tried from the baseline, the pressure. "Kimberly has played in the last few weeks, great, we are yet to see much of her. I knew that I had to play from the beginning to the end of my best Tennis,“ said Kerber.
It was win a game with almost no grid points
After the laborious first game had Kerber on the game of your opponent, and built their lead thanks in part to some errors Birrells quickly. So no rights at home the mood was first, after 26 minutes the first set was over already.
In a game with almost no grid points with the substantially constant operating Wimbledon champion to put in the second set to immediately Break and ended the game forces gently, and after only 58 minutes, with the fourth match point, after you had previously assigned two double faults. "Angie has made it very confidently," said the German ladies captain Barbara Rittner at Eurosport.
While Kerber mastered the first round easily, failed to defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at an early stage 4:6, 6:4, 3:6 Ex-champion Maria Sharapova. The Russian prevailed in the duel of the former world ranking list after 2:24 hours.
In the men's defending champion Roger Federer came more easily. The long-time world rankings-the First from Switzerland qualified to the 17th. Time for the second round of the Australian Open. The winner of the past two years, won his 100. Match in the Rod Laver Arena 6:2, 7:5, 6:2 against American Taylor Fritz. The 37-Year-old now meets on the emerging Greeks Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rafael Nadal celebrated in front of Kerbers occurs when 6:1, 6:2, 6:4 against the 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 250. Victory at a Grand Slam tournament and gets it on the Sunday to do with the former Wimbledon finalists Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic. (dpa)