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Shock win over Kerber means so much: Davis

 

Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber

By Eleanor Crooks

Lauren Davis realised a dream by playing at Wimbledon and then stunned defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round.

The American celebrated Independence Day in style by beating the German fifth seed 2-6 6-2 6-1 on Court Two.

The 25-year-old should not even be in the main draw after a defeat in qualifying, but was given a spot at SW19 as a lucky loser just two hours later and has not looked back.

Having seen off Kateryna Kozlova in the first round, Davis then pulled off the biggest win of her career by sending Kerber packing.

She said: "Yeah, definitely been incredible. I was disappointed having lost the last round of qualies.

"I found out less than two hours later that I got into the main draw. I was ecstatic about that. It's honestly a dream being here. I played qualies last year, so I wasn't able to come here.

"It feels amazing. It means everything because this is what I strive for."

Despite taking the first set, Kerber struggled to get into her groove and paid the price.

"I was trying to find my game the whole match. I was not really feeling good from the beginning. I don't know why. The energy was not there," she said.

"She played well. She played very well in the last set. I tried. She is a really tricky opponent. She played a lot of slice. She moved well in the third set."

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