Tennis – French Open: Kerber after a big match in round two – sports

Paris (AP) – First Angelique Kerber gave her friend Andrea Petkovic valuable tips, then the German number one fought her way into the second round at the French Open.

Two days after his triumph at the Strasbourg tennis tournament, Kerber won over Pole Magdalena Frech in Paris thanks to an impressive energy performance of 1: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5, surviving the classic clay court at the Stade Roland Garros for the first time in four years. round.

Match point saved

In the third set, Kerber even had to fend off two match points as the score was 4: 5. When she herself made progress in the second attempt a little later, Kerber fell down on the red sand, completely exhausted but overjoyed. Then she celebrated the victory with the German fans loudly whipping her forward on lane six. “Oh, Angelique Kerber,” it sounded across the court, and on the way to the locker room, Kerber even waved to the spectators, as if she had already won the tournament.

Kerber’s use as a “spy”

Petkovic had previously won over Frenchman Océane Dodin with much less effort and clearly 6: 4, 6: 2. She had also benefited from Kerber’s advice. “I had a spy,” Petkovic said after her strong performance. “My old friend Angelique Kerber played against Oceane last week and gave me a few tips.” Success: After 1:29 hours, Petkovic converted his third match point in rainy Paris.

Kerber did not seem very fresh at first. The strain of the tiebreak thrillers over more than three hours in the final in Strasbourg was clearly noticeable for the 34-year-old from Kiel. Kerber could not get his own serve through the entire first set and made a lot of small mistakes. After only 28 minutes, the round went 6: 2 to the Pole.

But then Kerber discovered his famous fighting heart. In the second set, the third game became the key. Frech’s service play lasted more than ten minutes before Kerber managed to break. The former world number one has now risen, scored many points, especially with the forehand, and equalized the set.

But in the third period, she immediately cashed in another break and ran after it from then on. Kerber and Frech now fought a gripping battle with spectacular rallies in a row. Kerber kept his nerve with Frech’s two match balls and a little later made the first entry into the second round in Paris in four years perfect.

Petkovic still enjoys tennis

Petkovic was in a talkative mood after her success. In the first abundance, she even joked about getting into the finals. “There’s nothing under the title here,” she said jokingly. Of course, it’s still miles away for the 34-year-old from Darmstadt, but after two defeats in the first round in the last two years at her “favorite Grand Slam”, the success against Dodin was a positive start.

Many assume that the current season will be their last. But it is not carved in stone. “It’s just a lot of fun for me and I can still keep up with tennis.” This is one of the reasons why the multi-talent is currently putting other activities on the line. She has not moderated the ZDF report for a long time, nor is writing in the foreground at the moment. “Tennis is still my priority,” the Hessian said. “When I’m in shape, I can still play with the girls and even tease them.”

Swiatek on, Osaka out

Top favorite Iga Swiatek easily advanced to the second round. The Pole defeated Ukraine’s Lessia Zurenko 6-2, 6-0, celebrating its 29th victory in a row. The world number one last lost a match in February in Dubai. Against Zurenko, the 20-year-old emphasized his absolutely exceptional form under the closed roof of the Philippe Chatrier pitch and only needed 54 minutes for his success.

Meanwhile, the former world number one Naomi Osaka has already traveled. She lost to Amanda Anisimova of the United States 5-7, 4-6. Osaka caused a stir at the French Open last year because she withdrew from her second-round match due to mental health issues. The 24-year-old had previously published depression and refused to comment to the media. Most recently, the Japanese had been thrown back from injuries and struggled with Achilles tendon pain in the run-up to the French Open.

Surprise exit to Krejcikova

Defending champion Barbora Krejcikova was surprisingly eliminated in the first round. The 26-year-old Czech lost to 19-year-old Frenchman Diane Parry 6-1, 2-6, 3-6. Krejcikova had to take a break for a long time before the French Open due to an injury, but came in good time to the classic clay court at the Stade Roland Garros. Last year, the Czechs celebrated their first Grand Slam title in Paris.

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