AUS Open: Angelique Kerberwas in disarray as she succumbed in only one hour and 10 minutes.© AFP
Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber crashed out of the Australian Open Monday with a heavy 6-0, 6-4 defeat to Bernarda Pera, within the first upset of the event. The 2016 Australian Open winner, seeded 23 at Melbourne Park, was in disarray as she succumbed in only one hour and 10 minutes in opposition to American Pera, ranked 63.
“I knew I had a troublesome opponent however I used to be prepared for it,” mentioned Pera, who has by no means made it previous the third spherical of a Slam.
The German, who had 25 unforced errors and 7 double faults, misplaced the primary 9 video games as she confronted the humiliating prospect of a 6-0, 6-0 ‘double bagel’ earlier than her makes an attempt at a comeback have been thwarted by the 26-year-old.
An out-of-sorts Kerber made the quarter-finals of the warm-up Grampians Trophy in Melbourne, organised for players forced into a hard 14-day quarantine on their arrival in Australia.
It was the second consecutive first-round Grand Slam defeats for Kerber, who misplaced to Kaja Juvan within the French Open.
Pera performs Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan within the second spherical.
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