MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – Birthday lady Angelique Kerber humiliated Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1 6-0 to storm into the fourth spherical of the Australian Open on Friday (Jan 18) and whole a late-night horror show for the locals at Rod Laver Arena.
Just after Rafa Nadal subjected Australian range one Alex de Minaur to a straight sets humbling, 2d seed Kerber pounded into Birrell like a freight instruct and despatched the 240th-ranked 20-year-old packing after 58 scarring minutes.
Shell-shocked under the lights in front of a packed centre court crowd, Birrell without a doubt had nowhere to cover as the former world variety one celebrated her thirty first birthday by way of pummelling her opponent.
Kerber has enjoyed a birthday serenade from friendly Melbourne crowds for a variety of years, however after seeing Birrell eviscerated, the terraces have been hardly in full voice.
The German was once unconcerned by means of the crowd’s heartbreak.
“If you are there, you are professional,” she informed reporters.
“You are making an attempt to play your match, making an attempt to center of attention on the tennis, on the way how you would like to play, and on prevailing the matches. I’m no longer wondering about some thing like this.”
German Kerber has enjoyed a rollicking start at the year’s first Grand Slam and has an high-quality hazard to reach her 0.33 quarter-final in Melbourne after claiming the 2016 title and reaching the semi-finals remaining year.
She will play unseeded American Danielle Collins for a area in the closing eight the place former US Open champion Sloane Stephens may wait ought to the draw go with seedings.
“I assume it will be every other true match… I understand her (Collins) a little bit. We played as soon as I suppose remaining year.
“She hits the ball simply challenging and fast.
“It’s some other match that I be aware of that I have to take it in my hand, playing my game.”