Australian Open: Angelique Kerber knocked out, Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals
00:44, Jan 24, 2017
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The top two men - Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic - and three of the top four women - Kerber, Aga Radwanska and Simona Halep - have departed in the Open's first week.
Kerber lost to the big-hitting American in straight sets 2-6 3-6 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
The formidable Swiss, now into his fourth Australian Open quarter-final, will play France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who came from a set down to beat British surprise package Dan Evans.
"I guess I faked it a lot because I was feeling like crap out there", Vandeweghe said.
"But, you know, fake it "til you make it".my game plan was to execute knowing that she was going to get a lot of balls back".
It's the first time since 2002 that the top two seeds in the men's draw haven't reached the Australian Open quarterfinals, and the first time at a Grand Slam since the French Open in 2004.
Coco Vandeweghe celebrates winning the Women's Singles match against Angelique Kerber.
After ending 2016 on a four-match losing streak, Vandeweghe started the season with a new mindset - she wanted to project more confidence on the court and play more freely. "It's 1-1 head-to-head. She's a tricky player. We both still have to work very hard to get there", Venus Williams said. "We've played a couple of touch matches before. I had to trust my game to beat her and I did".
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"I think I have to a little bit think about everything what's happened like the last few weeks, what I can take to the next tournaments with all the experience from the tournaments I played here in Australia", she said.
Coco Vandeweghe: 'This is high. So it doesn't matter who you come up against, they are coming and they want to win, too. The match lasted just 68 minutes and Vandeweghe posted 23 more winners than Kerber.
The Briton was never expected to be troubled by the German, who has never won an ATP title, but he suffered his earliest Melbourne departure in eight years.
However, the 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist didn't allow that to bother her as she held serve easily but trailed 2-1.
Seven-time major victor Venus Williams returned to the quarter-finals for the ninth time with a 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 181-ranked Mona Barthel.
Kerber, who also won the US Open a year ago, hit back by breaking her American opponent on a double fault in the opening game of the second set but Vandeweghe would not be denied.
Her quarter-final opponent is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first Australian Open quarter-final in nine attempts.
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