Changes of pace and drop shots were the keys to Angelique Kerber’s victory in the third round of the Australian Open. She finished the match just three minutes short of an hour to defeat American Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3 at Margaret Court Arena Saturday afternoon.
The series between the German and American remains warm since they both met at the Brisbane tournament two weeks ago. Kerber beat her in straight sets allowing the 25-year-old three games out of the 15 played. The pace got back to normal after she dealt Alexandra Dulgheru a loss in the second round. With the luck of facing an opponent she recently defeated, the cards stack in her favor before the first serve is shot.
Brengle got a big win against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson in a three set fight that she controlled at the tail end of the match. With her energy to bring down the talent of her caliber, the American tennis star could find herself matching what Kerber brings to the court this time around.
After showing some control taking the first two games Kerber’s game was showing versatility in her game to have a handle on the opening set. Brengle fought back to take a game but watched the margin get back to a pair in favor of the German. She continued to roll on Brengle pulling out her repertoire of shots on court to set up a 5-1 situation to play for the set. With little actions from the American to challenge her opponent, it was looking to be a quick ending in the seventh. Great returns and drop shots got Kerber to the half way point after 24 minutes of play. “We have played before lots of time so I know how she’s playing and I was focusing on my game to be aggressive moving good and just playing and hitting the balls as fast as I can and it worked good,” Kerber said.
The second opened with Brengle succeeding on her opening serve holding well to beat Kerber to the game point. As the ball went into the hands of the German she blasted away on the American that had her struggling to hit the ball well. She got things going in the fourth where a big response moved the game into deuce. Brengle played some of her best tennis through four breaks where a long rally ended with Kerber committed a forehand error into the net.
They got into another quick tie but all that took a spot on the back burner as Kerber jumped ahead to serve for the set at 5-3. It ended things for Brengle on Kerber’s three match points that ended with an angled winner putting the match in the books in 57 minutes.
“I’m very happy about my performance, Kerber said to Ian Cohen during her on court interview. “I had my rhythm from the first point and I’ve been playing every match better and now its great to be into the next round.” She’ll face fellow countrywoman Annika Beck in the fourth round Sunday where she made a clear point. “It’s great to have a German match so one German will be going into the next round so that’s good.”