Adelaide (dpa) - Angelique Kerber achieved her first victory in the new tennis year. The former number one won the tournament in Adelaide 6-1, 6-3 against Wang Qiang from China and thus entered the round of 16. The opponent there is Dajana Jastremska from Ukraine.
Last week, Kerber failed in their opening match at the tournament in Brisbane. After her premiere success this season, she looked relieved: «I'm really happy about it. I played well in the first set, the second set was tight, »said the world ranking 18. during the winning interview.
The 31-year-old benefited from Wang's many mistakes, especially in the first set, who was number twelve in the world rankings last September. The 27-year-old risked more overall and put up more resistance in the second set. Kerber nevertheless took her serve early and brought this lead to the finish after 1:22 hours of play with a lot of fighting spirit, also because Wang then helped again with mistakes.
The WTA tournament in the South Australian city is worth almost $ 783,000 and is the last test before the Australian Open. The first Grand Slam tournament of the year starts next Monday in Melbourne. Kerber won the first of her three Grand Slam titles there four years ago. "I hope I have a few more matches before going to Melbourne," she said in Adelaide.