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Australian Open 2013: Kerber gets a birthday wish, advances to 4th round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Angelique Kerber survived some nervous moments before fending off American teenager Madison Keys in the third round of the Australian Open, then got to blow out the candles on a cake to celebrate her 25th birthday.
Fifth-seeded Kerber won 6-2, 7-5 on Friday to move into the fourth round, further than she’s gone in six trips to the Australian Open.
Local organizers brought Kerber a cake onto the court immediately after the match, and the crowd at Rod Laver Arena sang “Happy Birthday.” She blew out the candles and said thank you to the crowd and to 17-year-old Keys.
“I’m extremely happy to be playing my best tennis from the beginning of the year,” said Radwanska, who won tournaments in Auckland and Sydney before coming to Melbourne. “Hopefully I’ll play on the same level the rest of the tournament.”
The 25-year old Ivanovic had an easier time in the second set, wrapping it up on her second match point.
Li won the 2011 French Open.
After soaring to 106 degrees on day four, the temperature dropped into the mid-70s on Friday, and light rain briefly interrupted play on some courts.
By Tammy Bruce
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