Angelique Kerber knocks out her feared opponent at the US Open

She can still win against her!

Seventh game, and finally the second win for Angelique Kerber (33) against Sloane Stephens (28). 5: 7, 6: 2, 6: 3 and thus reached the round of 16 of the US Open. The second match within two days was no problem against a rested American.

The second round game against Angelina Kalinina (Ukraine) had been postponed from Wednesday to Thursday because of the storm over New York. Therefore, the Kiel woman had to run two days in a row. On Sunday she will meet Naomi Osaka (23 / Japan) or Leylah Fernandez (18 / Canada).

If there is one feared opponent for Angelique Kerber, it is Sloane StephensPhoto: Elise Amendola / AP

In the almost full Louis Armstrong Stadium, the three-time Grand Slam winner not only had Stephens as an opponent, but also the audience. Every point of the 2017 US Open winner was celebrated frenetically.

“It’s always tough against Sloane. She’s a great player, a great person. I had to play every point for myself, no matter where it was, ”said the winner.

Stephens as number 66 far behind Kerber, who is 17th, had the better start and made an early break. The former number 1 didn’t have a big chance, played way too timidly. But that changed when it got tight.

After the 3: 5, Kerber suddenly turned up. The match is now partly high class with great points on both sides and the largest number for Kerber. She fought her way up to 5: 5 and lost through slight mistakes, including a double mistake, at 5: 6 of all things, her serve, which was synonymous with the loss of a set.

Nevertheless, Kerber had long since arrived in the match and also took command. This time she made the important break and Stephens had to run after. The spectators were now offered not only a good quality, but also an exciting game.

Angelique Kerber's irrepressible fighting spirit brought her back into the game

Angelique Kerber’s irrepressible fighting spirit brought her back into the gamePhoto: Elise Amendola / AP

At least until Kerber made the second break and won the set 6-2 a little later. The audience was fair, applauding her for a strong performance and for being offered a decision-making set for their money.

That was tough too. Everything went well up to 2: 3 from Kerber’s point of view. The game became more and more a real battle. But then the German had to fend off three breakballs, which she did in an outstanding manner.

Sloane Stephens was in the top 5 in the world before injuries set them back

Sloane Stephens was in the top 5 in the world before injuries set them backPhoto: Elise Amendola / AP

Then, however, Kerber missed three breakballs in the next game; but she had the nerve to work out a fourth, which also transformed. That was the decision then.

After 1:59 hour, the Wimbledon winner of 2018 transformed her first match point. A scream, then she cheered with the audience, who applauded fairly, not exuberantly. “I’m getting older, but I still look forward to playing. But now I’m happy to have a day off, ”said Kerber.


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