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Kerber suffers shock loss to lucky-loser Davis

Kerber suffers shock loss to lucky-loser Davis
Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 4, 2019 Lauren Davis of the U.S. celebrates winning her second round match against Germany's Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Carl Recine -
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CARL RECINE(Reuters)
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LONDON (Reuters) – Defending champion Angelique Kerber was dumped out of Wimbledon on Thursday as she suffered a stunning 2-6 6-2 6-1 second-round defeat by American world number 95 Lauren Davis.

German Kerber, a three-times Grand Slam champion, raced through the first set before the match turned wildly on its head and Davis, who needed a lucky-loser spot to play in the tournament, lost only three more games.

After taking the second set, the 25-year-old Davis turned the screw on Court Two and wrapped up victory in an hour and 55 minutes when fifth seed Kerber netted.

The American had previously been a top-30 player but had fallen to 252 in the world by the end of 2018, before beginning a rapid rise back up the rankings.

Davis was the more aggressive, outhitting Kerber with 45 winners to 13, and broke the German’s serve eight times in the match to set up a third-round meeting with number 30 seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

The contest had started well for Kerber as she broke for a 4-2 lead in the first set and then again to love in the eighth game to clinch the opener.

Yet after a visit from the trainer, Davis turned the encounter on its head.

After the second set began with three breaks of serve, Davis held to get her nose ahead 3-1 and broke again for a 4-1 lead.

After failing to convert her first two matchpoints at 5-1, Davis made no mistake with the third when a strong return forced Kerber to net.

(Reporting by Toby Davis; Editing by Ed Osmond and Alison Williams)

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