Germany is rapidly becoming to dominating force of women’s tennis with three players inside the top 15 and another two inside the worlds top 30. Two of the German stars, Angelique Kerber and Julia Goerges will face off in the third round of the Rome Premier 5 tournament, both advancing with straight set victories.
Following a sluggish start to the tournament, Kerber was eager to have an easier ride in the second round as she rapidly races towards the worlds top 10. Up against American Vania King, who is enjoying one of her best seasons to date, Kerber was not broken once in the match which she prevailed in 6-3 6-2 in 78 minutes.
Compatriot Julia Goerges also enjoyed a solid win, over 7th seed Marion Bartoli. Goerges dropped one less game than Kerber, winning 6-3 6-1, and needed the same amount of time to dispatch her opponent. Goerges is looking to regain the form she found during the clay season last year and bring her ranking back nearer the world elite.
Coming into the tournament world number three, Agnieszka Radwanska had only lost six matches all year, all of which came at the hands world number one Victoria Azarenka. Petra Cetkovska was keen to break this streak and improve her head to head to 4-0 against the Pole, and that she did prevailing in three tough sets 6-4 4-6 6-1.
Other results saw home favourites advance to the third round with a straight set win over American teenager Sloane Stephens while Sorana Cirstea made light work of Sofia Arvidsson.