Former champion Angelique Kerber returned to motion for the primary time in seven months and beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-Four 6-Four on Monday to succeed in the second spherical of the US Open.
The 17th-seeded German, who entered the match having not competed because the fourth spherical of the Australian Open, overcame a shaky begin on serve and obtained higher because the 88-minute match at Louis Armstrong Stadium wore on.
Kerber, a three-times Grand Slam champion who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2016, traded breaks with Tomljanovic by the primary 4 video games of the match after which discovered her footing to take over the match.
The German southpaw transformed all three break level probabilities to tug forward 5-Four after which went on to serve out at like to seize the primary set. Within the second, Kerber settled right into a groove and broke her opponent twice earlier than sealing the win on her third match level when a Tomljanovic forehand sailed lengthy.
The US Open is the primary Grand Slam to be contested because the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown world tennis in March.