Angelique Kerber (32) won her opening game at the Australian Open. She prevailed against the Italian qualifier Elisabetta Cocciaretto (18) 6: 2, 6: 2.
The result is clear, but the task was harder than expected! The Kilerin needed 1:22 hours to wring the lively talent down.
Kerber is relieved: “The first round is never easy, especially not against an opponent whom I have never played against. But a start like that is nice. ”The fact that the best German player went into the game was not noticed anymore. Her thigh problems were not felt. “I had a lot of treatments, I had one day off, which was good,” said Kerber.
Upside down world: instead of the Germans, the Italian ran up with a bandage around her thigh. She also appeared to be more seriously injured when she took an injury break after the first set and received treatment.
The number 18 in the world finally used the third match ball against her bravely fighting opponent. Again and again she punched the three-time Grand Slam winner around the ears. But in the decisive phases, the favorite was on top.
Kerber: “It was actually not easy from the first point because she played very well. We watched a couple of matches from her. But it’s hard against such a young player. She has a great future ahead of her. ”On Thursday night it is now against Priscilla Hon (21) from Australia, number 139 in the world.