Kerber sails, Venus outlasts Jankovic at Indian Wells
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[March 13, 2017]
(Reuters) - Angelique Kerber,
who will reclaim the world number one ranking on Monday, breezed to
a 6-2 6-1 second-round victory over fellow German Andrea Petkovic at
the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.
Second-seed Kerber broke Petkovic to open the match and needed only
58 minutes to claim the victory in glaring sunshine in the
"It was not so easy (playing Petkovic)," said Kerber after the
match. "We’ve known each other forever. It's always tough to play
against a friend."
Fourth seed Simona Halep also won emphatically, 6-4 6-1 over Donna
Halep, the 2015 champion, broke her Croatian opponent no fewer than
"My serve is not that big but I like to return. I’m really proud of
it," Romanian Halep said.
"I’m not very powerful but I have a little bit the technique and the
angles. I love this place. I have great results here."
While Kerber and Halep won in quick fashion, American 12th seed
Venus Williams beat Serbian Jelena Jankovic in a dramatic battle
between former world number ones.
Jankovic raced through the first set and seemed poised for an upset,
but the second set tiebreak proved pivotal, as Williams survived,
staving off three match points en route to a 1-6 7-6(5) 6-1 victory.
"It ain't over til' it's over, and I didn't see no fat lady
singing," said Williams, who played with her left thigh heavily
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Venus Williams (USA) during her 2nd round match as she defeated
Jelena Jankovic (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian
Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY
Another American, ninth seed Madison Keys, made a
winning return in her 2017 debut, triumphing 6-1 7-5 over Mariana
Duque-Marino of Colombia.
Keys missed the Australian Open in January while recovering from
"It felt really good," Keys said. "I really, really missed competing
and being able to go out there and get a win on top of it was
Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki also advanced, the 13th
seeded Dane turning back qualifier Magda Linette of Poland 6-3 6-0.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Additional
reporting by Andrew Both; editing by Pritha Sarkar/Amlan
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