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Halep batters Pliskova to set up Kerber semifinal

Halep batters Pliskova to set up Kerber semifinal

Former champion Angelique Kerber says she will take huge confidence from fighting back to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

Halep will face Karolina Pliskova, the sixth seed.

Halep had to save match points in her third-round clash with Davis and the Romanian believes that match could be aturning point. Kerber needed just 22 minutes to complete the first set and a further 29 for the second.

Hsieh Su-wei is the only player to win a set - or even more than five games - over Kerber at this year's Open.

Sandgren, who beat 2014 Australian champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round, almost clinched the match during the fourth-set tiebreaker, but Thiem saved a match point with a stunning down the line backhand.

She broke Kerber to bring the games back on serve at 3-2 but gave the break back in the very next game. But I slept before the match two hours, and I was fresh after that.

Standing in Pliskova's path to a maiden Melbourne Park semifinal is world No. 1 Simona Halep, who she has played seven times before and beaten just twice - both in Fed Cup ties.

No. 2 Roger Federer vs. She sprained her ankle in her first-round match against Australian Destanee Aiava, but managed to beat her (7-6, 6-1).

Simona Halep will also be in quarterfinals action on Tuesday.

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The Korean called "professor" now awaits the victor of Roger Federer-Tomas Berdych match as his next opponent in the semi finals.

"Last year was different". I was going out there and trying to playing my tennis again.

In an echo of her loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the final of last year's US Open final, Keys appeared to be struck by stage fright and offered none of the power and accuracy that got her to the last eight without losing a set.

"I was going out there and trying to playing my tennis again and it was a good feeling again".

Keys slowed the momentum by holding and then getting her first service break of the match, but Kerber responded quickly to finish it off in 51 minutes. She clinched the match with a forehand to the open court.

"It is always tough to play against Madison".

Angelique Kerber is through to the Australian Open semifinals after a commanding 6-1, 6-2 win over Madison Keys. Sandgren is an American, and is coming off a win over Dominic Thiem, the fifth seed.

Racing to the net to hit a volley, Keys overswung and sent her effort wide, letting Kerber back into a position of dominance. The Belgian coach is a master tactician, who is better still than Kerber's longtime and former coach, Thorben Beltz.

Like Halep and Kerber, reigning Hobart International champion Mertens is undefeated from 10 matches this summer and will be hoping her hot form can carry her into the final.


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