De­fend­ing champ Ker­ber fights back

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

BIRM­ING­HAM—De­fend­ing cham­pion An­gelique Ker­ber made a typ­i­cally tena­cious come­back from a set down and a day’s de­lay to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Wim­ble­don warmup event in Birm­ing­ham on Fri­day.

She did it with a 5-7, 6-2, 62 win over Daria Gavrilova, an im­prov­ing young world num­ber 50 from Aus­tralia who ended yes­ter­day’s rain-ruined sched­ule within two points of snatch­ing the first set. She duly did that on Fri­day, cap­tur­ing Ker­ber’s ser­vice game, which restarted with the ti­tle­holder 0-30 down. But there­after the Ger­man dis­played ad­mirable mo­ti­va­tion in still­damp con­di­tions and found a good rhythm with solid ground­stroke hit­ting.

Mean­while, Andy Mur­ray was given a brief scare by fel­low-Bri­ton Kyle Ed­mund be­fore earn­ing safe pas­sage through to the semi-fi­nal as he con­tin­ues at­tempts to claim a record fifth ti­tle at the Ae­gon Cham­pi­onships at Queen’s Club. The four­time cham­pion won the open­ing set but his Great Bri­tain Davis Cup col­league broke twice in the sec­ond to level the match.

But the two-time grand slam cham­pion showed his class in the de­cider with two breaks of Ed­mund’s serve to pre­vail 6-4 36 6-1 and set up a last four clash with Croa­t­ian Marin Cilic in a re­peat of the 2013 fi­nal in south Lon­don, which Mur­ray won in three sets. Ed­mund mean­while emerges with plenty of credit from the first ever Bri­tish men’s quar­ter-fi­nal clash in the pro­fes­sional era at the venue.

“I train with Kyle a lot so I know how good he is. He is a big strong guy and has a very pow­er­ful game,” the world num­ber two told BBC Sport. —Agen­cies

HYDERABAD: Play­ers in ac­tion dur­ing Ra­mazan Night Cricket Tour­na­ment at Dial­das Club.

An­gelique Ker­ber of Ger­many re­turns a shot against Daria Gavrilova dur­ing Wim­ble­don warm-up match in Birm­ing­ham.

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