Kerber enters second round of Sydney International

Sydney, Jan 6: German fifth-seed Angelique Kerber beat Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(5), 7-5 in the first round of the Apia International Sydney tennis tournament here Monday.

The battle between the pair lasted about two hours with the German scoring a victory to move into the second round. The 25-year-old Kerber will next play Estonian Kaia Kanepi for a place in the quarterfinals at the Sydney Olympic Park, reports Xinhua.

In other matches, Czech player Lucie Safarova beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-4 and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands ousted Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-3.

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