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Top-ranked Ker­ber stunned

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Urban Reloaded - Rus­sian teen

RUS­SIAN teenager Daria Kasatk­ina put An­gelique Ker­ber’s Aus­tralian Open prepa­ra­tions in a spin with a straight­sets up­set win over the world num­ber one at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional.

The 19-year-old, ranked 26, un­der­lined her huge po­ten­tial with a con­fi­dent per­for­mance to take out the Ger­man, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in a se­cond-round match played in swel­ter­ing con­di­tions.

Only last week Kasatk­ina held a match point be­fore go­ing down to French Open cham­pion Gar­bine Mugu­ruza in the se­cond round at the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional.

While she con­tin­ues her march, Ker­ber’s form is a con­cern ahead of next week’s open­ing Grand Slam of the year, hav­ing also lost to Ukraine’s Elina Svi­tolina 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional.

Ker­ber, who had a break­through 2016, win­ning two Grand Slams on her way to be­com­ing world num­ber one, strug­gled to find any rhythm and her usu­ally strong fore­hand was astray.

“I made too many mis­takes and I was not ac­tu­ally feel­ing the ball, be­cause the balls are fly­ing here a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent than in Bris­bane,” Ker­ber said.

“So it was not so easy, but I will try to for­get the match as soon as I can.

“I will go in the next few days to Melbourne, and I will try to get ready there, try­ing to get the pos­i­tive en­ergy from last year.”

Asked about her emo­tions af­ter her big­gest win yet, Kasatk­ina said court­side: “Dif­fi­cult to ex­plain be­cause I beat the num­ber one in the world and it doesn’t hap­pen ev­ery day. I think I got some con­fi­dence.”

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