Kerber downs Hercog 6-2, 6-2 in round 1 of Australian Open
Melbourne, Jan 14 : Former champion Angelique Kerber defeated Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena here on Monday.
"It's a really special court, a really special place for me," Kerber said after the match.
"It's where it all started for me, it's where I won my first Grand Slam... Every time I walk on this court I have such great memories," she added.
Kerber will now play against Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia, who defeated American Bernarda Pera, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a match that lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours.