Germany’s Angelique Kerber has played a “really perfect match” at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday to defeat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, 6-0 6-2.
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Photo: INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Angelique Kerber of Germany plays a backhand against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan during their women’s singles second round match on Day 6 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Kerber broke in the opening game with a forehand winner. She then held her serve when Putintseva hit a forehand down the line just wide, despite first thinking it was in and fist pumping in celebration. Kerber broke again in the third game to gain a 3-0 lead.
Putintseva earned herself a break point in the fourth game with a forehand winner, but it was saved when she returned a serve with a drop shot and the German hit a winner off it. Two consecutive errors to follow this from Putintseva handed Kerber the game. Kerber broke again in the next game, allowing her to serve out the set. She fired an ace to bring up set point and then Putintseva sent a forehand long to hand Kerber the set 6-0.
In the second set, Kerber hit a forehand winner to bring up three break points in the first game, Puntintseva hit a forehand winner to save one, but then another forehand winner from the German allowed her to take the early break. In the next game, Kerber sent a forehand into the net to bring up a break point for Putintseva. Kerber saved in with a backhand drive winner. Kerber was able to hold her serve after being at deuce five times.
Kerber broke again in the third game then held her serve to lead 4-0. In the fifth game, Putintseva did not face any break points and finally won a game. Kerber held her next serve again, as did Putintseva, allowing Kerber to serve for the match. She had three match points, and closed it out with yet another forehand winner.
Post match, Kerber said “I think I play a really perfect match” as her winner to unforced error count was 29-12 and she won 93% of point on her first serve.
In the third round, Kerber will play qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia, who defeated Pricilla Hon and Carla Suarez-Navarro.