Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber underlined it’s always tough to play against Daria Kasatkina following their clash at the Indian Wells Masters.
Kerbert, now ranked at No. 15 in the world, beat former world No. 10 Kasatkina in three sets 6-2 1-6 6-4 to progress into the Indian Wells round-of-16.
“It’s always tough to play against Daria. We’ve played so many matches in the past… and today was a bit of a rollercoaster match for me. I played very well in the first set and she played well in the second, so I was just trying to stay mentally strong and to play point by point,” Kerber said after the win, per Tennis Up To Date.
“At the end, it was just one or two points that decided the match and I’m happy to be through. I’m feeling good… I’m just trying to get through as far as I can, playing good tennis again.”
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“It doesn’t matter against who I’m playing. It’s more about how I feel, that I’m ready for every point, that I play my game like in the last few months and few weeks, so this is more my goal,” Kerber said.
Kerber saved two break points in the opening game of the match, before breaking Kasatkina in the second game.
Kerber also saved a break point in the third game, before claiming her second break in the eighth game to win the opener.
Kasatkina responded in style to losing the first set as she started the second set with three consecutive breaks and a 5-0 lead.
Kasatkina failed to serve out for the set in the sixth game but broke Kerber again in the seventh game to force a decider.
Kerber was twice up by a break early in the third set but Kasatkina both times recovered.
However, Kerber kept her focus as she claimed her third break of the set in the seventh game and then held on to her serve the rest of the way to seal the win.