Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber (31) has suffered another setback two and a half weeks before the French Open in Paris (26 May to 9 June). The 31-year-old said in the WTA tournament in Madrid from their participation in the second round match against the Croat Petra Martic from a right ankle injury.
"I think it's nothing serious, but I'm not able to give it all," said Kerber. Not wanting to jeopardize the further course of the clay court season, she did not want to take any chances and decided to take the step, said Kerber, who was struggling with the renewed forced break: "This is the worst preparation I've ever had for a clay court season First the virus, now that. I was really looking forward to this year, "said Kerber. In April, the German number one missed the Fed Cup duel in Latvia in the short term because of a flu infection.
Start in Rome questionable
Kerber, who had beaten the Ukrainian Lesia Zurenko in the first round, was the only remaining German player in the Spanish capital, after Julia Görges had to end her first-round defeat on Sunday after her injury-related knockout at the home tournament in Stuttgart.
Whether Kerber can take part in the next week's tournament in Rome is not yet clear. The French Open is the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that Kerber has yet to win.
Struff misses surprise
Jan-Lennard Struff has missed a surprise against the Croatian Marin Cilic at the ATP Masters in Madrid. The 29-year-old defeated in the second round the US Open winner of 2014 6: 4, 3: 6, 4: 6. In his opening game Struff had defeated the Australian Nick Kyrgios in two sets.
"There were enough chances, so I'm very disappointed," Struff said. "It lacked the baseline aggressiveness, I did not return so well and then this stupid break came at the beginning of the third set." He ran after this residue in vain.
As a result, defending champions Alexander Zverev and Philipp Kohlschreiber are still represented at the clay court tournament in Spain's capital from a German perspective. Zverev meets after his bye in the second round on the 37-year-old Spaniard David Ferrer, who denies in Madrid the last tournament of his career. Kohlschreiber takes on American Frances Tiafoe.