Kerber too strong for Birrell at Aust Open

Angelique Kerber was too good for Australia's Kimberly Birrell.
Angelique Kerber was too good for Australia's Kimberly Birrell.

Kimberly Birrell's Australian Open campaign has come to a shuddering halt at the hands of second seed Angelique Kerber.

The 20-year-old Australian wildcard made a hasty third round exit with 2016 champion Kerber winning their Rod Laver Arena clash on Friday night 6-1 6-0 in just under one hour.

Kerber next takes on exciting young American Danielle Collins who downed 19th seed Caroline Garcia of France 6-3 6-2.

Birrell was simply outclassed by Birrell, guilty of too many unforced errors with 30 to her opponent's nine.

Despite the scoreline the reigning Wimbledon champion predicted a bright future for Birrell.

The world No.240 is already assured of a surge into the top 160 after her Open charge.

"She was a tough player, I knew I had to play some of my best tennis from the first to the last," Kerber said.

"If she is playing like this and working hard she will be a top 100 player very soon."

It was a double celebration for Kerber, with the match coming on her 31st birthday and she was serenaded by the crowd as she exited the court.

Australian Associated Press