Australian Open: Kerber becomes latest big gun to draw blank

Alyssa BaileyJan 24, 2017

"What do they say, "fake it until you make it"?"

Exchanging a nervous glance with coach Torben Beltz, Kerber poked a strained backhand into net as Vandeweghe broke again snatching the 33-minute opening set.

But Zverev remained true to his serve-and-volley strategy and ultimately outlasted Murray in three hours and 33 minutes to reach his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal. Moreover, the American stayed calm and served an ace and a forehand victor to lead 2-1. I believed in my game. I tried my best. He's very strong physically. 'I don't know what I will do now, when we will fly back or whatever.

"It's just the beginning of the year", she said. She's played seven tournaments without winning a title, only reached one final, and was 5-7 against top-50 players.

Zverev attacked Murray, unsettling his natural baseline game, and won 65 of 118 points at the net.

For Murray, the loss will sting for quite some time.

She had an easier time of it against third-round opponent Kristyna Pliskova but it was to prove a false dawn as she was off from the first point against Vandeweghe.

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"Just wasn't meant to be". This is a tough one. "He deserved to win because he played great when he was down, and also in the important moments".

Murray lost the final here to six-time champion Novak Djokovic previous year, but finished 2016 at No. 1 after a strong finish to the season that included titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the ATP Finals. But the first two sets, I had chances. I think that I can still have a good year'. "Couldn't convert my opportunities". It's the 13th time in 14 years Federer has made the quarterfinals. I can only speak for kind of how I played out there. I have a lefty in me this tournament already.

"This is what you do all the hard work in the off-season for", she said.

Wawrinka next faces France's 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who ended the fairytale run of Britain's Dan Evans by coming from a set down to win 6-7 (4) 6-2 6-4 6-4 on Hisense Arena.

The top half of the women's draw is open, too.

"It's an interesting match-up. because she's an aggressor, as well", reasoned Vandeweghe. Kerber was unable to find a way to counter against the American's big-hitting style.

"Going out there and playing an opponent, any opponent, I go out there expecting to win", she said.

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Kerber was the second number one seed to crash out on a day of shocks in Melbourne after Andy Murray had earlier been beaten in the men's tournament by German Mischa Zverev. "It wasn't the heat or anything, I just started feeling nauseous", Vandeweghe said. "For sure today was not my best day".

But Vandeweghe wants more and knows she must maintain her attacking mindset to topple reigning French Open champion and world No.7 Garbine Muguruza next up.

"It was really special", Vandeweghe said.

"For me, it depends on if I can match it as well as if I can beat her to that punch of getting first strike, first play".

For Kerber, her loss puts the No. 1 ranking up for grabs. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINOAngelique Kerber of Germany in action during her Women's Singles fourth round match against Coco Vandeweghe of United States of America at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 22 January 2017.

After years of journeyman status on the tour, Vandeweghe has had a lot of learning experience.

The seven-time major victor next plays No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3. A naturally private person, she has been thrown into numerous extra commitments since winning September's US Open.

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