No.8 seed Angelique Kerber had a near-flawless start to her BNP Paribas Open campaign, defeating Yulia Putintseva with the loss of just two games.
WTA Staff
March 9, 2019

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - No.8 seed Angelique Kerber dropped just two games in her first match of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.

The three-time Grand Slam champion nearly scored the seventh double bagel victory of her professional career against Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva in second round action, winning the first 10 games of the match before sealing a 6-0, 6-2 victory in 64 minutes. 

"It was a good match for me. I was feeling good from the beginning. I was trying to stay so focused after...the first set, to really get through the second set, as well, like the first one," Kerber said,

"I think that I was playing really aggressive. It's good to start the tournament like that. I think the conditions are good for me. I mean, it was quite nice to play also first match and you know exactly when you are playing."

The pair were facing off for the first time in nine years, with their last meeting coming in Luxembourg in 2010 when Putintseva was merely 18-years-old in her WTA main draw debut.

The former World No.1 was nearly immaculate on serve in the win, winning all but two points behind her first serve in the match, though she was taken to deuce three in seven service games.

Up next for Kerber will be a surprise package in Russian qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva, who also surrendered just two games in an identical scoreline against No.26 seed Carla Suárez Navarro.

"I never played against her. I know a little bit about her game, but I think it will be another match for me where I have somebody who I never played before," the German said.

"I think that I will talk to maybe a few players and just see how she is playing. It's another round here, and I will try to play like I played today, to continue the game I'm playing right now."