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Sydney International: Angelique Kerber survives Camila Giorgi scare in opener

ANI  |  Sydney [Australia] 

World number two edged past of in their closely-contested opening match of the ongoing Sydney International tournament here at the Sydney Olympic Park Centre on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old registered a 7-6(3), 6-2 win over her Italian opponent to advance further in the tournament.

With a better first serve percentage in the opening set, Giorgi cracked 22 winning points taking a 3-1 lead in the first set. Making a smashing comeback, whacked four consecutive backhand shots and nullified the advantage of the Italian

As the set headed towards a tie-breaker, began to strengthen her grip on the match. Her experience came to fore in the match as she defeated Giorgi 5-0 in the tie-break round to clinch the first set 7-6 (3).

The second set saw the German not breaking much sweat as she registered an easy 6-2 win. The Italian took an initial lead of two pints but once Kerber's firing forehand came into play, the German player snatched the lead and asserted her status with some aggressive shots.

Sydney International tournament, which started on January 4, will conclude on January 12.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 23:20 IST