Kerber loses, Murray cruises in Indian Wells tennis
World No 2 and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber was stunned by Denisa Allertova in straight sets at the Indian Wells tournament on Saturday. Kerber lost to the unheralded Czech player 7-5, 7-5 to become the biggest casualty on a day of upsets.
Kerber has had a lean patch after winning her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne in January.
The German lost her first match at Doha followed by Saturday’s loss. Incidentally, this was the third straight year she has lost her opening match at Indian Wells.
The other high-profile casualties included fourth seed Garbine Muguruza and Spanish star Carla Suarez Navarro, who were knocked out in the second round.
While former Wimbledon finalist Muguruza was upset by American Christina McHale 7-5, 6-1 and sixth seeded Suarez Navarro withdrew from the tournament with a right ankle injury.
In other women's matches, seventh seeded Belinda Bencic beat American Laura Davis 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 while Eugenie Bouchard beat Sloane Stephens 7-5, 7-5 and Italian Roberta Vinci got the better of Margarita Gasparyan 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in a grueling encounter.
The men’s results were more predictable with world No 2 and second seed Andy Murray beating Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 win.
Murray will now face Federico Delbonis in the third round after the latter beat Joao Sousa 7-6, 6-4.
French Open champion and third seed Stan Wawrinka defeated Illya Marchenko 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round where he will face unseeded Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, who ousted Jeremy Chardy in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
Tomas Berdych defeated Juan Martin del Potro 7-6, 6-2 and 12th seed Milos Raonic cruised past Inigo Cervantes-Huegun 6-1, 6-3.
Eighth seeded Richard Gasquet beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-1 in an all-French matchup.
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