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Kerber wins opening match at Key Biscayne
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Peng Shuai, of China, returns to Angelique Kerber, of Germany, at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
March 20, 2014, 3:28 pm

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber eked out a victory in her opening match Thursday at the Sony Open, beating Peng Shuai 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5).

Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, matched her best showing at Key Biscayne by reaching the third round.

No. 12 Ana Ivanovic beat American Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1, and No. 28 Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2006 champion, lost to qualifier Donna Vekic 7-6 (5), 7-5.

On the men's side, Americans Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison won first-round matches. Sock, a qualifier, beat wild card Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4. Harrison, a wild card, defeated Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-4.

Six-time champion Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were scheduled to play their opening matches later Thursday. Seeded men begin play on Friday.

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