Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber the victim of vitriolic criticism after loss
Last Updated: 28/06/13 7:11pm
Angelique Kerber: Slumped to defeat after being in a winning position
Angelique Kerber faced vitriolic criticism on social media on Friday night after the seventh seed joined the list of high-ranking casualties at Wimbledon.
The German, a semi-finalist last year, looked on her way into the third round at a set and 5-1 up in a second-set tie-break against Kaia Kanepi on No. 2 court.
But Estonian Kanepi won six points in a row before levelling the match, and powered her way through the decider to win 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 and set up a third-round clash with America's Alison Riske.
The match was followed by a flurry of abusive messages directed at Kerber on her Facebook page, with one visitor posting that he wished her dead. Another urged the WTA, the body that runs the women's tour, to investigate the result.
Kerber felt the turnaround was down to how her opponent played rather than any slump in her own form, saying: "I had my chances in the second set but I didn't take them.
"In the third she was playing unbelievable and I couldn't do anything. I mean, she won today. Well done to her.
"Maybe I could have played a little bit more aggressive on one or two balls (in the tie-break), but she played good on the important points. Also maybe in the game in the third set where she broke me for 2-0. But this is tennis."
In other action, Flavia Pennetta won through to the last-16 with a 0-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 victory over Alize Cornet.
Her opponent will be Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, who overcame Vesna Dolonc in straight sets 6-4 6-2.