Kerber, Venus progress at Key Biscayne

Top seed Angelique Kerber overcame a sluggish start to progress into the Round of 16 at the Miami Open on Sunday.

Kerber lost the first three games of her match against American Shelby Rogers, but managed to turn things around to complete a straight sets victory 6-4, 7-5.

Kerber, back at the top of the rankings thanks to the continued absence of Serena Williams with a knee injury, later said she was happy with her day’s work.

“It’s always good to have close sets, especially when you win them at the end. They give you confidence that you can go out in your next match knowing you can win close matches because you’ve just done it a day ago,” Kerber told reporters.

“You win the match, you’re always happy about your performance.

Venus Williams, meanwhile, reached the fourth round after breezing through her match against Romanian qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-3, 6-0.

Williams, who lives just up the road from Key Biscayne in Palm Beach Gardens.

“I love South Florida,” she said after her victory. “It’s really home.”

The 36-year old Williams has won the tournament three times, the last time in 2001.

Eleventh seed Williams will play No. 7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova next after the Russian beat American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-2.

Another American to fall was Madison Keys, the eighth seed falling to Spain’s 72-ranked Lara Arruaberrena 7-5, 7-5.

All the other results from Sunday at the Miami Open can be seen below:

Sam Stosur (Australia) beat Shuai Peng (China) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Simona Halep (Romania) beat Anett Kontavelt (Estonia) 6-3, 6-0