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Angelique Kerber advances to fourth round at Wimbledon

Britain Wimbledon Tennis

Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Japan’s Naomi Osaka in their women’s singles match, on the sixth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Former finalist Angelique Kerber advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon without facing a break point after beating 18th-seeded Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4.

Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, who was runner-up to Serena Williams at the All England Club in 2016, hit 23 winners and made just five unforced errors against her Japanese opponent.

As well as being one of only two former finalists - along with Williams - to make it through to the fourth round, 11th-seeded Kerber is the second highest seed remaining in the women’s draw. Seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova is the only top-10 player to have advanced to the second week.

Kerber of Germany will next face 56th-ranked Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.