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Published: Thu, January 19, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Australian Open results and bracket: Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber advance


Little did Angelique Kerber know when she turned 18 at home in Bremen, Germany, that the next decade of celebrating her birthday would be spent some 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) away at the Australian Open.

"I was doing I think a lot of mistakes in the important moments".

It continued an unconvincing start to the tournament for Kerber, who had struggled during a three-set win over Lesia Tsurenko in the opening round on Monday. "He got a little bit exhausted, I thought".

The triumph sets up a clash for the 36-year-old with fellow American Varvara Lepchenko or China's Ying-Ying Duan in the last 32, but she will appear again on day three when she teams up with sister Serena in the opening round of the women's doubles.

"I'm fit", Kerber said. Calling upon the kind of grit that helped her win a pair of Grand Slam titles in 2016, the top seed lost just one more game from there, earning her spot in the third round after two hours and 11 minutes.

The top seed came out of the gates at full pelt, breaking the 21-year-old in the first game when her opponent netted a backhand. I mean, the one is right and the other one is left-handed.

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The 11th seed Elina Svitolina also had a good day in the office, ousting Julia Boserup 6-4 6-1 in just 76 minutes despite losing her serve 3 times, as she was fantastic on return, breaking her rival 7 times from 11 chances.

Japan's Nishikori, who says he is primed to win his first major title this year, came through a five-set battle with Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2.

Witthoef broke to start the third set, but Kerber found her rhythm and went on to lose only one more game before closing it out.

"I'm always playing on my birthday - always in Australia", Kerber told reporters in the on-court interview. "She absolutely flogged me off the court", Barty said. Kuznetsova will next match up against former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, who defeated German Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4.

Boserup, who is ranked 119th, rallied from a 5-2 deficit to close the gap to 5-4 in the first set, but Svitolina won the 10th game at love on her serve to close out the set. "It's an opportunity for us to go out there and have fun and just enjoy it".

Next she'll play Kristyna Pliskova in Friday's third round, but she said she was not concerned about already playing two three-set matches. But I played once against her a few years ago, and I know that she has a great serve, as well.

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