Australian Open 2019: Kerber opens campaign with smooth win over Slovenia’s Hercog
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Australian Open 2019: Kerber opens campaign with smooth win over Slovenia’s Hercog

Australian Open 2019: The 2016 Australian Open winner will play Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round in a battle between two left-handed counter-punchers.

tennis Updated: Jan 14, 2019 12:17 IST
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Tennis - Australian Open - First Round - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. Germany's Angelique Kerber in action during the match against Slovenia's Polona Hercog.(REUTERS)

Title contender Angelique Kerber started her Australian Open campaign with a straight-forward 6-2 6-2 victory against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog on Monday.

The 2016 Australian Open winner will play Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round in a battle between two left-handed counter-punchers.

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Kerber minimised her time under the hot sun on Monday, where temperatures surpassed 30 degrees celsius (86°F) during the day-time matches in Melbourne, securing the straight sets win in just over an hour.

First Published: Jan 14, 2019 12:16 IST