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Round of 16 at Wimbledon: Kerber’s transformation into rain break

Angelique Kerber is picking up more and more momentum at Wimbledon and is in the second round after an enormous increase in performance. The 2018 winner had a lot of trouble on Saturday in the third round match against Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus – but after a rain break, Kerber played like a substitute and won 2: 6, 6: 0, 6: 1. On “Manic Monday”, the 33-year-old now faces US young hopefuls Cori Gauff or Kaja Juvan (Slovenia).

For Kerber, who had already won the dress rehearsal in Bad Homburg, it was the eighth win in a row on grass. Since many of the favorites failed early on, the field for the Kiel woman is wide open. In addition, Kerber is the only remaining Wimbledon winner in the tournament.

With her research and risky game, Sasnowitsch, who had benefited from the injury-related abandonment of US superstar Serena Williams in the first round, presented Kerber with major problems. The Kiel woman gave up her first two service games directly and fell 4-0 down. Kerber acted almost entirely on the defensive, while her brave opponent hardly made any mistakes.


Strong start, weak end: Alexandra Sasnowitsch
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Sasnowitsch, ranked 72 places behind Kerber as 100th in the world rankings, looked much fresher than the German. On Thursday, the three-time Grand Slam winner had been on the field for 3:20 hours in the hard-fought second round victory against the Spaniard Sara Sorribes and revealed problems on her left wrist.

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