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Alizé Cornet took advantage of the game erratic Angelique Kerber for the win in 95 minutes, and earn his ticket to the third round.
Angelique Kerber is presented in Montreal with the greatest number of victories on the hard (21) and all surfaces combined (39) on the circuit of the WTA tour this season. On Wednesday, it gave the impression of playing in the shifting sand.
Erratic from the beginning to the end, Kerber was eliminated in his first match at the tournament of the Rogers Cup, losing 6-4, 6-1 in the face of the French Alizé Cornet on centre court of the stadium IGA.
Cornet, who had to come from behind to eliminate Tatjana Maria on Tuesday, took advantage of the game’s erratic the fourth head of series for the win in 1: 25 and earn his ticket to the third round. She will face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty (15th), who defeated Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Kerber had not played since his triumph at Wimbledon there has been more than three weeks, and she seemed to be rusty.
“It is never easy to change the surface, she noted during a brief press conference. I would have needed a little more time, more matches and training sessions to get used to the hard surface. I also think you have committed too many errors during the important moments, and she has played with consistency from the first to the last point. “
Semi-finalist in Montreal in 2016, Kerber has experienced a difficult start, losing its first two games to the service. The German 30-year has brought the first inning to equal service in the ninth game before conceding a third break — and the set initial — immediately after the result of a poor cushioning as the French easily operated.
Kerber was unable to reverse the trend in the second set, conceding a break in the second game and another in the sixth. Cornet took advantage of a backhand too long from Kerber to put an end to the confrontation, in her second match ball.
The menu of the day for Wednesday is rich while the top five seeded teams had to play their first game of the week in singles. The program includes a duel between the American Sloane Stephens, ranked third, and Montreal’s Francoise Abanda at the conclusion of the day session.
The Romanian Simona Halep is the favourite of the tournament and champion in Montreal in 2016, will begin the session of the evening against the Russian Anastasia Pavlyunchenkova, she has beaten seven times in as many attempts in his career.
After this game, it will be the turn of the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, second-seeded, to present themselves before the montreal public so that she will face the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. This last, aged only 20 years, is one of the rising stars of women’s tennis.
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (5th), the American Venus Williams (13th), Russian Maria Sharapova and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka are also in the program.