NEW NO. 1 KERBER FALLS TO KVITOVA
WUHAN, China — Angelique Kerber lost for the first time since becoming the No. 1-ranked player, losing to Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Wuhan Open on Wednesday.
Kvitova saved 17 of 22 break points on her way to the 6-7 (10-12), 7-5, 6-4 win.
Kerber committed eight double faults.
"It's always tough to play against Petra," said Kerber, who was facing Kvitova for the 10th time. "I think we both played on a really high level over three hours. At the end, I think there's no loser."
Kerber also confirmed she will start 2017 at the Brisbane International tournament in Australia on Jan. 1.
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