Kerber reaches quarterfinals of Sydney International

After a first-round bye, the Wimbledon champion is on a 5-0 roll to start the season after winning all of her singles matches at the Hopman Cup last week.

Sloane Stephens dropped three service games in the first set and was only two points from defeat in the second before finding a way to hold off Ekaterina Alexandrova, 0-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), for her first win of the season.

Alexandrova had a chance to serve for the match at 5-3 in the second set and led 4-2 in the third but fourth-seeded Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, rallied to survive the round.

8-seeded Daria Kasatkina, 6-1, 6-4; 2015 Sydney champion Petra Kvitova had a 6-1, 7-5 win over Aryna Sabalenka; Hsieh Su-wei beat Danielle Collins, 7-6 (4), 6-3; and Priscilla Hon defeated Tatjana Maria, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

In the men’s draw, eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi advanced, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, over Jeremy Chardy, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Denis Kudla, 7-5, 6-4; and Andrey Rublev ousted No.

Seventh-seeded Marton Fucsovics beat James Duckworth, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and John Millman rallied to hold off Frances Tiafoe, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.Image Credits: AP

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