Kerber rocked by Kanepi comeback

World number seven Angelique Kerber became the latest seed to exit Wimbledon as she fell to a shock defeat to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi on another rain-affected day.

Kerber rocked by Kanepi comeback

World number seven Angelique Kerber became the latest seed to exit Wimbledon as she fell to a shock defeat to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi on another rain-affected day.

Kerber looked on course to make easy progress to the third round when she took the first set on Court Two and led 5-1 in a second-set tie-break, but world number 46 Kanepi hit back to defeat last year’s semi-finalist 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.

To make matters worse for Kerber, she was subjected to vitriolic abuse on social media after she saw the match drift away.

France’s Alize Cornet, seeded 29th, also departed today after losing 0-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 to Flavia Pennetta on Court 12.

Pennetta, who had a walkover against second seed Victoria Azarenka in the last round, was relieved to make it through after surrendering the first set so easily.

“I don’t know why I played like I did in the first set,” the Italian said.

“She was really aggressive. She was playing not really well, but she was really consistent from the beginning.

“After the first set I just tried to hit more and more, with a little bit of power and my serve starting to work a little bit also.”

Pennetta will next play Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, who beat Serbian Vesna Dolonc 6-4 6-2 in the third round.

Home favourite Laura Robson moved through to the third round for the first time after she beat Mariana Duque-Marino in straight sets, 6-4 6-1.

The Londoner’s Canadian friend Eugenie Bouchard crashed out of the tournament though, losing 7-5 6-2 to Spanish 19th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

Poland’s Urszula Radwanska failed to join her fourth-seeded sister Agnieszka in the last 32 after losing 4-6 6-3 6-4 to American Alison Riske.

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