Angelique Kerber easily reached the quarter-finals at her home game in Bad Homburg. The three-time Grand Slam winner, who also acts as a tournament ambassador at the premiere of the lawn tournament in the Hessian health resort, defeated the Russian Anna Blinkowa on Wednesday after just 57 minutes 6: 0, 6: 2.
The next opponent of the 33-year-old from Kiel is Amanda Anisimova from the USA, who eliminated Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt in the round of 16. For the world number 28. It is only Kerber’s second quarter-finals appearance this year. The Wimbledon winner of 2018, who has been waiting for a tournament victory since her triumph in the tennis mecca, tied in the first duel with the eleven years younger Blinkowa (WTA No. 90) from her strong opening game against her compatriot Ekaterina Jaschina (6: 1 , 6: 1).
First set win after 26 minutes
Kerber played with great concentration and won the first set against her completely overwhelmed opponent after just 26 minutes. Kerber remained focused in the second round too, the basic strokes were hard and precise.
“I tried to play aggressively from the first point. I’m happy how I played today,” said the 33-year-old.
Even Aarenka continues after the fight
After an up and down and four match balls fended off, co-favorite Viktoria Asarenka is also in the quarter-finals. The former world number one from Belarus beat the French Alizé Cornet 6: 4, 3: 6, 7: 6 (9: 7) on Wednesday. It was only after 3:02 hours that Asaranka, who was treated during the game, was sure of success. The 31-year-old is ranked second in the first lawn tournament and will play against the Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo on Thursday to reach the semi-finals.
Stand: 23.06.2021, 20:57