Angelique Kerber of Germany against Polona Hercog of Slovenia during their 2016 US Open 2016 women's single match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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Second seed and Australian Open champion Kerber was leading Polona Hercog 6-0, 1-0 when the Slovenian called it quits, clearly wilting in the crushing 33-degree heat, having won just nine points.Kerber, who next faces either Alize Cornet of France or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, insisted she will not be distracted by possibly dethroning Serena Williams as world No. 1 by the end of the tournament.Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-3 while former world No. 1 and two-time U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki downed U.S. qualifier Taylor Townsend 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 .Women's top seed Williams and 2012 champion Murray will get underway Tuesday.
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