Kerber beats Brazilian qualifier at Aussie Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2019 06:14 PM
Germany's Angelique Kerber makes a forehand return to Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Angelique Kerber is through to the third round at Melbourne Park after a 6-2, 6-3 win over Beatrix Haddad Maia to open night play on Rod Laver Arena.
The first set took 47 minutes thanks to a marathon sixth game with Haddad Maia serving. It went nearly 14 minutes, featured 10 deuces and Kerber had six break points which were saved by the Brazilian qualifier.
Kerber, the 2016 Australian titlist, will next play Australian wild-card entry Kimberly Birrell, who had an upset 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over No. 29-seeded Donna Vekic.
The last match of the day on Rod Laver Arena featured No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal playing Matthew Ebden.