Kerber wins 3rd-round match at Australian Open

The Associated PressJanuary 17, 2014
Kerber wins 3rd-round match at Australian Open
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Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a forehand return to Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Angelique Kerber of Germany became the first woman to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Alison Riske on Friday.

No. 9 Kerber clinched the opening set with a crosscourt forehand from the baseline on break point, then broke the American's serve in the final game which included a double-fault by Riske to set up three match points. Kerber won on her third match point when a Riske forehand went long.

Kerber beat Australian wild-card entry Jarmila Gajdosova in the first round and qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva in the second. She'll play the winner of Friday's later match between No. 28 Flavia Pennetta and Mona Barthel in the fourth round.