Fourth seed Angelique Kerber showed that she has fully recovered from continue year’s U.S. Start hangover by disposing of Russian Margarita Gasparyan 7-6(A few) 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows.
Champion during 2016, Kerber’s title defense ended almost before it started 12 months ago with the German born suffering a 6-3 6-1 first circular shellacking by Japan’s 46th ranked Naomi Osaka.
That irritated provided a sobering note that anything can happen at a great slam and Kerber made sure she had not be caught with her defend down again this year as your lover took on a player generating her U.S. Amenable main draw debut.
A three-time Grand Slam winner against an opponent sitting at 370 in the world ranks and making her initially appearance in a major in more than two years would appear a new mismatch but it was a contest Kerber got into contact with in a business-like manner.
Despite the background Gasparyan, with a WTA Tour title on her job application, represented a potentially tricky first round opponent, back in the circuit this season just after missing 15 months dealing with a career-threatening knee injury.
“This is actually the first time that we played versus each other, and she was really striking the balls really good, really fresh,” said Kerber. “I knew she was injured for a long time… At this moment she’s coming back.
“If she’ersus playing like this in the next days and months, for sure, your lover (will) soon (be) through the roof in the rankings.”
The Russian showed some of her potential and a good amount of grit by dealing with to take Kerber to a first fixed tiebreak but the Wimbledon champion kept her cool on a sweltering day on Louis Armstrong Stadium court docket to prevail 7-5.
The 23-year-old Gasparyan refused in order to wave the white a flag and broke Kerber to open the other set, but the German short of money back immediately to gradually seize control and wrap up your match.
“It was really not effortless out there today,” said Kerber. “I do think it’s one of the hottest days to weeks that I remember here.
“But at the end, when you’re around, you just try to survive slightly.”