World number one female tennis player, Angelique Kerber, had to fight back to avoid an upset against America’s Irina Falconi.
The victory qualified Kerber for the Wimbledon’s second round but it was no easy feat as she struggled in the game in order to avoid a repeat of her first-round exit at Roland Garros. The game ended 6-4 6-4 in favour of Kerber against the number 247 ranked Falconi. Kerber will square up against Kirsten Belgium in the second round.
She said “It was always difficult in the first round”.
“It was a great game for the both of us and this is what I expected at the stage because she has nothing to lose as she qualified via the qualifiers.”
Double Title Holder
Kerber holds the US Open and the Australian Open titles but lost out to Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon.
Although it seems like she was going to run away with the game as she hit 3-0 in the first set. However, she fell short with 15 errors which gave Falconi a chance to fight back in the first set.
She revealed after the game that she is beginning to get back her form of last year and is looking to go all the way.
This was indeed a better performance from her but she will need to be more assertive and aggressive to go far in Wimbledon.
Number One ranking at Stake
She might also lose her world number one ranking if she doesn’t get to the final of Wimbledon and one of strongest rivals, Karolina Pliskova had an easy first round match.