Posted: Wed January 16, 2013 12:00AM; Updated: Wed January 16, 2013 12:00AM

Kerber advances to 3rd round at Australian Open

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Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber took out Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday.
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Lucie Hradecka.

Kerber, who will turn 25 on Friday, took advantage of some erratic serving Wednesday by her Czech opponent to break Hradecka six times in the match.

Kerber had a strong performance in Grand Slams last year, making the quarterfinals at the French Open, the semis at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the U.S. Open.

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