“After my coach spoke to me, I was just playing point by point, and believing in my game,” said Kerber, who was forced to withdraw from a Fed Cup match against France last month due to a back injury. “His advice certainly helped. Before the tournament, I was not sure how my back will feel after matches. Now, my confidence is of course back and I feel good. I’m looking forward to play tomorrow again.”
In other matches, seventh seed Samantha Stosur of Australia overcame China’s Peng Shuai 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, and eighth-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki crushed Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-1.
In the women’s doubles, Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Janette Husarova of Slovakia defeated Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, and Heather Watson of Britain 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Additional reporting by Staff writer