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Top-ranked Kerber reaches quarterfinals in Brisbane

In the 12 months since her previous trip to the Brisbane International, Angelique Kerber won her first two Grand Slam titles and supplanted Serena Williams as No. 1 in women's tennis.

For two sets on Wednesday night, Kerber dominated as the top-seeded player should. Between those sets, she struggled with her serve against the gritty determination of local wild-card entry Ash Barty, the 2011 Wimbledon junior champion who spent nearly two years out of tennis pursuing a career in cricket following her previous appearance at the Brisbane International in 2014.

Kerber closed out a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win with an ace, her fifth of the match, to progress to a quarterfinal match against...