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Angelique Kerber Survives Early Scare To Progress In Indian Wells

It was a tough day at the office for the eighth seed.



Angelique Kerber (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Two-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber overcame an erratic start to her third round match against Natalia Vikhlyantseva to prevail 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, at the BNP Paribas Open.


The early day encounter in the Californian desert failed to show the best play of the former world No.1, who hit just 12 winners to 29 unforced errors. Nevertheless, experience proved pivotal in the roller coaster clash as Kerber battled back. Capitalising on a 52 costly mistakes from her opponent.

“It’s not so easy to play against a player you have never played before, but she played well during the first set and also at the beginning of the second.” Kerber said of the world No.112. “I was trying to come back, focus on my game and be aggressive.”
“At the end, I was a little bit nervous. I’m happy to be through into the next round.” She added.

Heading into the match the eighth seed was the overwhelming favourite in her first ever meeting with the 22-year-old Russian. Vikhlyantseva has been ranked as high as 54th in the world, but is currently outside the top 100. Despite the disparity, a rocky opening set from the German saw her win only 10% of her second serves. Enabling the underdog to snatch the opening set to the despair of a visibly frustrated Kerber.

Despite her sluggish start, Kerber soon found her footing in what was a match of two contrasting halves. Vikhlyantseva’s resistance deteriorated and error count increased as the match progressed. To add further to her woes, a right leg issue forced her to take a medical time out during the closing stages of the match. As a consequence Kerber turned her fortunes around by winning 11 out of 13 games to close in on the victory.

Despite Kerber’s resurgence, crossing the finish line wasn’t easy. Leading 5-1 in the decider, four match points came and went. Two games later, she triumphed on her fifth attempt. Doing so with the help of a deep shot that drew an unforced error from across the court.

Kerber is a two-time semi-finalist of the tournament, but hasn’t reached the last four since 2013. Last year she reached the quarter-finals before going out to Daria Kasatkina.

“I think for me to play here, it’s amazing. It is my 11th time and I always enjoy my time.” The 31-year-old reflected about playing in Indian Wells.

In the fourth round, Kerber takes on either Aryna Sabalenka or Lesia Tsurenko.

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova Conqueror Rome

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on the final day of action at this year’s Italian Open.



After a week full of mayhem both on and off the court, the winners of the 2019 Italian Open have been decided.


Under the guidance of four-time winner Conchita Martinez, Kasrolina Pliskova claimed the women’s title. Making her the first Czech woman to triumph in Rome since 1978. Pliskova now has 13 WTA titles to her name, of which three were won on the clay.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth trophy at the Foro Italico. The Spaniard disposed of Novak Djokovic in three sets to claim his first title of 2019.

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VIDEO: Novak Djokovic To Lock Horns With Nadal In Rome

Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.



Rafa Nadal - Roma 2019 (foto via Twitter, @InteBNLdItalia)

Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.


Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.



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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 


The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.



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