Confident Start For Kerber In Montréal
Published August 06, 2014 12:14
At Wimbledon, Kerber produced one of the best performances of her career to upset Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. While her tournament would end less than 24 hours later, the confidence gained from her win over the Russian has remained.
In Stanford, Kerber carried herself with a self-assurance that was lacking at times in the first half of 2014, making it all the way to the final before running out of steam against Serena Williams.
The Turning Point
Against Garcia, this belief was evident once more as she recovered from a sluggish start to run out a 6-4, 6-1 winner. An untidy opening service game from Kerber, featuring four double faults and a couple of forehand errors, helped Garcia to build a 3-0 lead. However, it was the most misleading of starts from the German, who proceeded to take complete control, winning the next five games.
After wrapping up the first set with a confident hold, Kerber piled on the pressure at the start of the second, three more breaks helping her canter across the finishing line.
In the last 16, she will face either Venus Williams or qualifier Yulia Putintseva, who play later on Wednesday. Kerber has a winning record against both players, defeating Williams in their past three encounters, and getting the better of Putintseva in their sole meeting four years ago in Luxembourg.