Australian Open

Kerber survives huge scare

2016-01-19 11:44
Angelique Kerber (AFP)

Melbourne - World number seven Angelique Kerber survived a huge scare on Tuesday from Japan's Misaki Doi, pulling herself back from the brink of defeat to make the Australian Open second round.

The German, who was forced out of the Sydney International with a gastrointestinal illness last week, saved a match point in a second-set tiebreaker before digging deep to win 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

Kerber, who turned 28 on Monday, struggled to match Doi's telling forehand with the Japanese world number 64, who won her first career title at Luxembourg last year, drilling winner after winner.

It looked to be all over for Kerber in the second set but she somehow survived and then proved to be the fittest of the two in the third, outlasting her opponent in 2hr 41 mins, screaming in joy as she hit a forehand winner to stay in the tournament.

The pair had met three times before with the German winning them all. Her reward for making it four out of four is a second round tie with Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.

Read more on:    australian open  |  angelique kerber  |  tennis

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.