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Kerber downs pocket rocket Doi to reach quarter-finals

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber

Superior court craft proved decisive for Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber on Monday as she motored past Japanese pocket rocket Misaki Doi 6-3 6-1 in a full-blooded fourth-round match on Wimbledon’s Court Two.

German fourth seed Kerber, who reached the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2012, risked being overpowered early in the first set as her 5-foot-3 (1.59 metre) opponent bludgeoned forehand winners to both sides of the court.

But Kerber, who shocked world number one Serena Williams to win her maiden grand slam title in Melbourne in January, gradually found her range on her groundstrokes while 49th-ranked Doi’s radar began to slip.

In a match full of mesmerising rallies, Kerber broke twice in the first set, winning it on her third set point, before cruising through the second as Doi’s challenge fizzled out.

Elsewhere, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time in her career after producing an awesome display of power tennis to defeat a misfiring Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-3.

In a match in which both players smashed the ball across the net for a succession of blistering winners, the Russian 21st seed played with far greater control on the big points and made fewer mistakes than her American opponent.

The key match statistic was that Pavlyuchenkova made just seven unforced errors, compared with 27th seed Vandeweghe’s 22.

So great was the American’s frustration at her erratic play that, after she was broken for the second time in the second set, she gave her racket away to a delighted child in the crowd.

Pavlyuchenkova, who turned 25 on Sunday, was one of four Russians to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon – the most since 2009.

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