Dubai Tennis Championships: Kerber into Dubai semis, stays on target for top spot

Posted on Feb 24 2017 - 7:32am by admin

Germany's Angelique Kerber , in action on January 22, 2017, has used Dubai as a building block to repair her modest early season form

Angelique Kerber hammered out a 6-three, 6-2 defeat of Ana Konjuh on Thursday to remain in rivalry for a return to the top WTA ranking at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Angelique Kerber hammered out a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Ana Konjuh on Thursday to remain in competition for a return to the highest WTA ranking at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Germany’s double Grand Slam winner from 2016 can take back the highest spot from Serena Williams via a title on the Aviation membership on Saturday.

The 29-year-old will first must get by using Elina Svitolina, heading in the right direction for her personal leap forward into a first-time top 10 ranking if she will be able to win the event.

The Ukrainian reached the ultimate 4 with a 6-0, 6-four defeat of Lauren Davis.

Kerber has used Dubai as a building block to repair her modest early season form.

"i’m in reality satisfied in regards to the healthy as of late again. Ana is a tricky opponent, she’s going for it. it’s important to play unless the remaining level. It used to be good to get via in two units.

"I used to be simply focusing on myself and trying to take the rhythm from the closing days.

"The healthy with Svitolina will be another tough one. I must be aggressive and identical to the final days right here. i will just attempt to benefit from the subsequent match and of course i’ll attempt to go available in the market and to win every other fit here."

Svitolina, seeded seventh and winner of a fifth occupation title this month in Taipei, used to be pleased to increase.

"i’m really chuffed the way I began and the way I completed the suit, I was being very aggressive and it worked really excellent," said Svitolina.

"I used to be calm and positive nowadays. i am in point of fact ok with the efficiency.

"I used to be expecting she would do one thing completely different after shedding zero-6 – it’s all the time difficult. I was once expecting her to come back back to the game.

"I used to be looking to stick with my plan and keep in point of fact positive. I knew that there could be some up-and-downs, however i tried to do more, extra effort from my facet so I didn’t lose my focal point too much."

Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki produced an equivalent scoreline to Kerber as she put out teenaged Californian Catherine Bellis 6-3, 6-2 to end the 17-12 months-outdated’s run of form which had produced a 3rd-spherical upset of fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Latvian Anastasija Sevastova ended the week’s ultimate chinese hope, defeating Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5 as the Asian lost her first sets of the week.

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