"The pressure is much different than it was like few months ago. It's a completely new situation for me," said Kerber, who came to the BNP Paribas Open ranked No. 2 in the world. "I'm trying to get used to it."
To her credit, she didn't blame those distractions — or the pressure — after losing to unseeded Denisa Allertova, 7-5, 7-5, in a second-round match Saturday.
"I think she's a great player. She's really young, great opponent, and she played very well today, I think," Kerber said of Allertova, a 23-year-old Czech who's ranked 64th in the world.
Allertova relied on an effective forehand and Kerber couldn't chase down enough shots. "It was not my day," Kerber said. "My leg was bothering me in the last few days already, so I was taping it and I was trying it. It will be helping a little bit, but at the end the match I was feeling it a little bit more. But it's not the excuse that's why I lost the match."
No. 4 seed
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada continued the trend by upsetting No. 21
In night matches on the men's side, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka defeated Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-2; and Frances Tiafoe, 18, had two match points against No. 15 David Goffin of Belgium but couldn't close it out and lost, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (2). ... During the day session No. 6