Angelique Kerber has reached the 3rd round of the French Open for the first time since 2018. The 34-year-old confidently prevailed against Frenchwoman Elsa Jaquemont after two sets. After Andrea Petkovic left, Kerber is the last remaining German in Paris.
Angelique Kerber has reached the third round at the French Open and still has good prospects for the best Paris result of her career. The German number one won against the French wildcard player Elsa Jacquemot 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 2) on Wednesday and was only challenged a little in the second set. In the third round, Kerber now meets Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus on Friday, who surprisingly defeated British US Open winner Emma Raducanu 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 1.
“She played very well in the second set. I’m glad I’m one round further,” said Kerber after the overall very tough argument on the Philippe Chatrier court. “Once you’ve won everything, you only play for the love of the sport. And I love tennis,” said Kerber in the winner’s interview when asked by former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli why she is still on the tour at the age of 34.
The French Open, on the other hand, is over for Andrea Petkovic. Despite an increase in performance, the 34-year-old from Darmstadt was beaten in the second set by former world number one Viktoria Asarenka from Belarus 1: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7). Petkovic even missed a set ball in the second set when the score was 5:4.
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Petkovic was not able to say afterwards whether it was the last French Open of her career. “When I left the pitch, it went through my head for a moment. But I can’t say yet,” said Petkovic. “In terms of will and love for tennis, I would continue to play for ten years. But I have to listen to my body at the end of the year and then make a decision.”
Kerber didn’t have much trouble against 19-year-old Jacquemot, who won the junior title at Stade Roland Garros in 2020. The Kiel resident didn’t have to play anywhere near her best tennis. Instead, two days after her marathon match against Magdalena Frech from Poland, an average performance was enough for her first third-round entry in Paris in four years. Her best result in the French capital so far is reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2018. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that Kerber has not yet won.
Kerber immediately managed a break on the Philippe Chatrier court. The young Frenchwoman made many simple mistakes in the biggest game of her career so that Kerber had an easy game. After only 34 minutes she got the first set. In the second round, however, Kerber also made many slight mistakes. Although the three-time Grand Slam tournament winner managed an early break again, she then gave up her service herself so that Jacquemot was able to open the game. In the tie-break, however, Kerber didn’t let anything burn.
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