SYDNEY: Russian teen Daria Kasatkina put Angelique Kerber´s Australian Open preparations in a spin with a straight-units upset win over the sector number one on the Sydney international on Tuesday.
The 19-12 months-previous, ranked 26, underlined her huge potential with a assured efficiency to take out the German, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in a 2d-spherical healthy performed in sweltering prerequisites.
handiest last week Kasatkina held a suit point earlier than going down to French Open champion Garbine Muguruza within the second round at the Brisbane international.
while she continues her march, Kerber´s type is a concern in advance of next week´s opening Grand Slam of the 12 months, having additionally misplaced to Ukraine´s Elina Svitolina 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 within the quarter-finals of the Brisbane world last week.
Kerber, who had a leap forward 2016, winning two Grand Slams on her technique to turning into world primary, struggled to search out any rhythm and her on a regular basis strong forehand was once off course.
asked about her thoughts after her biggest win but, Kasatkina said courtside: “troublesome to give an explanation for as a result of I beat the number 1 on the earth and it doesn´t happen every day. i think I acquired some confidence.”
It was a day of upsets in Sydney where temperatures sizzled round 36 Celsius (97 Fahrenheit) with defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and closing year´s finalist Dominika Cibulkova both knocked out within the 2d round.
World quantity nine Kuznetsova went out to Russian compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-3 while Canada´s Eugenie Bouchard persevered her return to kind with a 6-4, 6-three win over the sixth-ranked Cibulkova.
Former Wimbledon finalist Bouchard, who has now received consecutive suits at a tournament for the first time because August, stretched her lead over Cibulkova to four-1 head-to-head and will face Pavlyuchenkova in the closing eight.
“Any time you play one of the crucial highest players in the world it´s like a normal of the place you´re at,” Bouchard mentioned.
“i have taken a couple of solid steps this week, however I´m a long way from where I wish to be. even though I won, to me, I may do a variety of things higher.”
World number 27 Pavlyuchenkova, who knocked out Australian primary Samantha Stosur in the first round, won in her first occupation meeting with Kuznetsova.
Ninth-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci was once any other seed to fall, shedding 6-2, 6-three to veteran Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.