Top-ranked Ker­ber falls to Kvi­tova at Wuhan Open

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

An­gelique Ker­ber lost for the first time since be­com­ing the No. 1-ranked player, los­ing to Pe­tra Kvi­tova in the third round of the Wuhan Open yesterday.

Kvi­tova saved 17 of 22 break points on her way to the 6-7 (10), 7-5, 6-4 win over Ker­ber, who com­mit­ted eight dou­ble faults.

"It's al­ways tough to play against Pe­tra," said Ker­ber, who was fac­ing Kvi­tova for the 10th time in her ca­reer. "I think we both played on a re­ally high level over three hours. At the end, I think there's no loser. I did ev­ery­thing to­day. I was fight­ing un­til the end."

Ker­ber re­placed Ser­ena Wil­liams atop the rank­ings with her run to the U.S. Open ti­tle, and took time off be­fore com­ing to China to start her Asian swing in Wuhan, where she had a bye in the first round.

Kvi­tova last beat Ker­ber in the 2014 Fed Cup fi­nal, and had since lost to the Ger­man three times, in­clud­ing in the U.S. Open fourth round.

In the quar­ter­fi­nals, Kvi­tova will face Jo­hanna Konta of Bri­tain, who beat sev­enth­seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-5, 7-6 (6). Konta saved three set points in a marathon ninth game, and re­cov­ered from 6-3 down in the tiebreak.

Svet­lana Kuznetsova ousted de­fend­ing champion Venus Wil­liams 6-2, 6-2.

Kuznetsova dom­i­nated Wil­liams from the out­set, break­ing the Amer­i­can five times. She im­proved to 5-4 against Wil­liams.

Wil­liams strug­gled with her serve in the gusty con­di­tions and had seven dou­ble faults.

"I don't think Venus played her best game. But I've been con­fi­dent and I've been play­ing well," Kuznetsova said. "I didn't use a cou­ple of my chances in the sec­ond set but I still could fin­ish it 6-2."

Kuznetsova next plays third­seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, who beat Caro­line Woz­ni­acki 64, 6-2.

Si­mona Halep of Ro­ma­nia also ad­vanced, beat­ing Yaroslava Shve­dova of Kaza­khstan 6-3, 63.

Halep, show­ing no sign of the ham­string in­jury that ruled her out of Tokyo last week, will face Madi­son Keys of the United States in the quar­ters. Keys beat Rus­sian qual­i­fier Daria Kasatk­ina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.


Cham­pi­onship Yesterday New­cas­tle-Nor­wich ......................... 4-3

League One Yesterday Coven­try-AFC Wim­ble­don .............. 2-2


Lega Pro - Group C Yesterday Cata­nia-Fondi .................................. 1-1

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