Angelique Kerber at the French Open in the third round

Angelique Kerber has reached the third round of the French Open and still has good prospects for the best Paris result of her career. The German number one on Wednesday won the French wildcard player Elsa Jacquemot 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 2) and was only slightly challenged in the second set. In the third round, Kerber meets Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus on Friday, who surprisingly defeated British US Open winner Emma Raducanu 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 1.

“She played very well in the second set. I’m glad I’m a lap longer,” Kerber said after the overall very tough argument on the Philippe Chatrier pitch. . And I love tennis, “Kerber said in the winning interview when asked by former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli why she was still on tour at the age of 34.

Petkovic retired

The French Open, on the other hand, is over for Andrea Petkovic. Despite an increase in performance, the 34-year-old from Darmstadt was beaten in the second set by former world number one Viktoria Asarenka from Belarus 1: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7). Petkovic even missed a set ball in the second set as the score was 5: 4.

Petkovic was unable to subsequently say whether it was the last French Open of her career. “When I left the field, it went through my head for a moment. But I can not say that yet, “said Petkovic. “In terms of will and love for tennis, I would continue to play for ten years. But I have to listen to my body at the end of the year and then make a decision.”

Kerber did not have major problems against 19-year-old Jacquemot, who won the junior title at the Stade Roland Garros in 2020. The Kieler resident did not have to play near his best tennis. Instead, two days after her marathon match against Magdalena Frech from Poland, an average performance was enough for her first third round in Paris in four years. Her best result so far in the French capital is reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2018. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that Kerber has not yet won.

Kerber immediately managed a break on the Philippe Chatrier pitch. The young Frenchman made many simple mistakes in the biggest game of his career, so Kerber had it easy. After only 34 minutes, she got the first set. In the second round, however, Kerber also made many small mistakes. Although the triple Grand Slam tournament winner reached an early break again, she then gave up her service herself so Jacquemot could open the game. In the tie-break, however, Kerber left no fire on.

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