Angelique Kerber is on her way to the third round of the U.S. Open, which she won in 2016.
The No. 17 seed opened play Wednesday and beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 7-6 (6) in an hour and 40 minutes. Kerber emerged on the WTA Tour by reaching the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2011. Last year, she was knocked out in the first round.