No.6 seed Angelique Kerber lost just three games en route to reaching the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
WTA Staff
February 20, 2018

DUBAI, UAE - No.6 seed Angelique Kerber set up a second-round meeting with former champion Sara Errani at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday, after the German dispatched Barbora Strycova in under an hour, 6-2, 6-1.

Kerber improved her head-to-head record against the Czech World No.25 to 7-1 win the 59-minute victory, rolling through with the loss of just two games after dropping serve in the first game of the match.

"I think I was trying to playing my game. I think it was a little bit different to play night than during the day because I was practicing yesterday at night, but it was still a little bit different on court with the lights and everything," Kerber said after the match.

"I think I played a good match. I played a solid match. It's always tough to play against her. You never know what'll happen. She's always a fighter, but I'm happy to won the match in two sets."

Hitting 16 winners to Strycova's six in the match, Kerber broke serve five times in the victory, taking advantage of wayward tennis from the Czech's side of the court.

Strycova, who finished runner-up to the aforementioned Errani in the 2012 final, struck 21 unforced errors in the match, and served at 47% for the match with six double faults.

As a result, Kerber won 60% of the points played on return overall, including 15 of 23 points on the Czech's second serve.

"I try to play every single match separate, focusing on every round, of course going out there to win the matches, playing to play like I play in the practice," Kerber said.

"I don't know what it is, but I like to play here in Dubai. I like the weather. It's always nice. Yeah, it's sunny. You have the hotel on-site. I think I just try to really enjoy my stay here every year."

A semifinalist last year in Dubai where she lost to eventual champion Elina Svitolina, Kerber will next face Errani after the Italian won a battle of qualifiers against Lesia Tsurenko, 6-4, 6-3. 

"I'm not looking against who I'm playing. I try to really focus on my game. Of course, I know against who I'm playing. She's had great matches here. I think she played quallies, as well," Kerber said of the Italian.

Errani has won two of the three career meetings between the two, but they have not played in over five years - with the last meeting coming in the fourth round of the 2012 US Open.

"I will just try to play another good match, playing like I played in the last weeks," added Kerber. "This is more my focus, and not against who I'm playing."