Angelique Kerber -04- (GER) def Johanna Larsson -82- (SWE) | 62 57 64
Angelique Kerber captured her second Grand Slam Singles title here in New York just 2-years-ago.
We’ll call today’s match a near-miss for the top-ranked German, as World #82 Johanna Larsson came to life in set-2. Down a set and 2-breaks, Larsson won five straight to force a decider.
Johanna and Angie then traded breaks twice in set-3, before Kerber finally served it out, on her third attempt at serving for the match.
NEXT:  Angelique Kerber -04- (GER) vs.  Dominika Cibulkova -29- (SVK)
R2: def Johanna Larsson -82- (SWE) 62 57 64 | Arthur Ashe Stadium
R1: def Margarita Gasparyan -354- (RUS) 76(5) 63 | Louis Armstrong Stadium
 Angelique Kerber -04- (GER)
Two-years-ago, she won her second Grand Slam Singles title right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and claimed the World #1 ranking for the first time. Last month, she captured her THIRD Major, defeating Serena Williams to earn her first Wimbledon title. She owns 12 WTA Singles titles, has reached 28 career finals, and has been the sport’s top-ranked player for a combined 30-weeks. In 2016, she was unbeatable – She won her first Slam at the Australian Open, was a Finalist at Wimbledon, and earned Olympic Silver in Rio before winning the title here in New York. From Germany, please welcome 2016 US Open Champion…Angelique Kerber
Johanna Larsson -82- (SWE)
Earlier this year, she won her 2nd WTA Singles title in Nürnberg, where she also reached the Doubles Final. Ranked as high as #45 in the World, she owns 2 career victories over top-10 opponents – including a deciding-set tie-break win over World #7 Li Na in 2011. A member of her country’s Olympic and Fed Cup Teams, she was a doubles Finalist last November at the WTA Finals Singapore. Competing in her 9th US Open, she defeated World #31 Alize Cornet to reach the 3rd-Round here in New York for the third time. From Sweden – making her second Arthur Ashe Stadium appearance – Please welcome…Johanna Larsson.