Kerber advances at Miami Open

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Miami (Florida), March 28 (IANS) Second seeded German Angelique Kerber advanced to the Round of 16 at the Miami Open when Dutch Kiki Bertens retired in their third-round match.

Bertenbs retired amid high temperatures and humidity at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, here on Sunday, reports Efe.

Kerber was leading 1-6, 6-2, 3-0 when Bertens, the World No.108, decided to retire after one hour and 23 minutes on the court.

The 24-year-old Bertens did not say why she decided to retire from the match.

Bertens, a qualifier at the Miami Open, beat China’s Saisai Zheng in the first round and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The Dutch player rolled over Kerber, who upset American world No. 1 Serena Williams to win the Australian Open in January, in the first set, needing just 34 minutes to beat the German, who struggled on serve.

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Kerber, who was playing Bertens for the first time, made adjustments to her game, cruising in the second set and getting off to a fast start in the third set.

The 28-year-old Kerber, whose best performance in Miami came in 2014, when she made the quarter-finals, will play Hungary’s Timea Babos in the Round of 16.

Babos rolled over Japan’s Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-0 on Sunday.

In men’s action on Sunday, the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych defeated American Steve Johnson in a hard-fought match 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 to advance to the Round of 16.

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