Happy birthday: Kerber wins 11th straight match

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 18, 2018 01:48 PM
Happy birthday: Kerber wins 11th straight match
Germany's Angelique Kerber stretches out for a return shot to Croatia's Donna Vekic during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former champion Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to advance to the third round of the Australian Open and a match against Maria Sharapova.

It was Kerber's 11th win in a row to start the season.

Kerber, the 2016 champion at Melbourne Park, won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup and five more while winning last week's Sydney International. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.

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