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Kerber vs Peterson WTA Eastbourne Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Kerber seeks third straight Eastbourne quarter final

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 25 Jun 2019
  • Angelique Kerber vs Rebecca Peterson is live from Eastbourne on Wednesday, 26 June from 12:30pm local time/ 12:30pm BST
  • Kerber won their only previous meeting on the clay of Nurnberg in 2015
Angelique Kerber. (PA Sport)

Reigning Wimbledon champion, Angelique Kerber attempts to reach the Eastbourne quarter finals for the third straight year when she takes on Swede, Rebecca Peterson on Wednesday. 

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Kerber has a fine record in Eastbourne- she made the final in 2012 and 2014, and reached the semi-finals last season before going on to produce a title run at Wimbledon.

The German is yet to win a WTA title since that Wimbledon triumph, but after a difficult clay-court season, the former world No. 1 appears to be regaining some form ahead of her title defence at the All England Club.

Kerber tailed off after last year's Wimbledon success, failing to make a quarter final in her last six tournaments in 2018, and while she was better at the start of 2019, she never truly hit her best form. Her best result through the opening quarter of the year was a fine runner-up finish at Indian Wells, while she made semi-finals in Doha and Monterrey, and the fourth round of the Australian Open in her only other results of note through the hard court season.

The 31-year-old never got going at all on clay, as health and injury concerns got in her way. She was ill in Stuttgart, and was subsequently beaten by Kiki Bertens in the quarter finals, while an ankle injury, sustained while preparing for the Madrid Open, would bother her through the remainder of the clay campaign. Overall, Kerber was 2-3 on clay, with her forgettable spell on the surface punctuated by a first-round loss to Russian young gun, Anastasia Potapova at Roland Garros.

Grass has brought better tidings to the German, as she reached the semi-finals in Mallorca last week, beating Maria Sharapova and Caroline Garcia before losing a tight one to Belinda Bencic, and she has followed it up by beating Sam Stosur in her opening match in Eastbourne to improve to 4-1 on the surface for the season. 

“It's nice being back here, having another good match on grass before Wimbledon,” Kerber said after beating Stosur. “That's why I'm here. I like to play here on grass, so I try to enjoy every match and every moment right now.”
 
Stosur had impressed in a straight sets victory over Mallorca champion, Sofia Kenin earlier in the day (in a match carried over to Tuesday due to inclement weather), but the Australian came up short against Kerber, losing 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes. Kerber was consistent from the service line, finding the mark 67% of the time, and converting 70% of points on her first serve, and 60% on the second. The German fought back from a break down in the final set, winning five of the last six games to complete the win and set up the third round meeting with Peterson.

Swede, Peterson is into the third round following victories over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Lesia Tsurenko. It is only the second time this season that the 23-year-old has won consecutive matches, after Rabat, where she defeated Viktorija Golubic and Polona Hercog before losing to Ajla Tomljanovic in the quarter finals. 

This is also the first time that she's winning back-to-back main draw matches on grass. She didn't make her main draw debut on the surface until last season, when she fell in the second round in Mallorca and Wimbledon, while she lost to Belinda Bencic in Mallorca last week in her 2019 grass-court opener. 

Before Eastbourne, Peterson had won just eight WTA main draw matches all season- the two in Rabat, along with first round wins in each of the Australian Open, Miami, Lugano, Istanbul, Strasbourg and Roland Garros.

She has found some form this week in Eastbourne, battling back from a set and a break down to beat Sasnovich 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the first round, before coming through a topsy-turvy encounter with Tsurenko. The world No. 66 trailed 5-2 in the first set, but she made up the double break deficit before digging out the set on a tie break. Jabeur then wriggled through another tight set to pull off the 7-6 6-4 win, and take her place in the third round, where she will take on Kerber.

Kerber won a close two-setter in their only previous meeting in Nurnberg in 2015, and the Wimbledon champion naturally goes in as the favourite in Wednesday's encounter. The German has had her struggles this year, but she has been playing well on grass this season- a timely return to form and fitness ahead of her title defence at the All England Club. The former No. 1 should advance to a Eastbourne quarters for a third straight year on Wednesday. 

Angelique Kerber vs Rebecca Peterson is live from Eastbourne on Wednesday, 26 June from 12:30pm local time/ 12:30pm BST


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