EASTBOURNE, Great Britain -- No.4 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany put on a dominant display against American Danielle Collins in the third round of the Nature Valley International on Wednesday, winning 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals.
"I’m very happy how I played today, and to win my second match on grass this year," Kerber told the media, after the match. "I think I was really aggressive from the first point, and it was the first time I played against [Collins], so it was not so easy when you actually don’t know the opponent so well."
Former World No.1 Kerber, a Nature Valley International finalist in 2012 and 2014, moved past Collins in 51 minutes to reach the quarterfinals for the second straight season. Kerber broke Collins in each of the American's seven service games, and had 19 winners in the match, nearly doubling her 10 unforced errors. Collins had 20 unforced errors and only 11 winners in the contest.
Kerber will face No.7 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the final eight. Kasatkina advanced to the quarterfinals of the Nature Valley International for the first time in her career with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No.11 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia.
A Gutsy performance from both sides