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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Victoria Duval
SYDNEY (AP) — Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-6 (5), 7-5 on Monday to move into the second round of the Sydney International, one of the last warm-up tournaments for the Australian Open starting next week.
The Swiss great needed just 93 minutes to beat Grega Zemlja in straight sets. Federer defeated the 62nd-ranked Slovenian 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in a matchup postponed from Monday night because of rain.
After what could have been the last match of Kim Clijsters' career — and, instead, might one day be remembered as the first significant match of Victoria Duval's — the two players posed in the locker room for a photo.
That Kim Clijsters' first-round foe at the U.S. Open would be feeling jitters Monday night was perfectly understandable.
Former U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin has received a wild card into this year's tournament.
"I know she didn't play her best today, and this is the best I've played in my career, so I'm really excited," Duval told the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd. "I just tried to stay in the moment."