Reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber faced little resistance in Madison Keys, dispatching the American 6-3 6-2 for a place in the semifinals of the Miami Open.
The second-seeded Kerber started the match with a strong hold of serve, but her next service game was broken by Keys. However, the German broke back right away to level to 2-2 and never looked back in the encounter that lasted one hour and eight minutes. From 3-all, the 22nd-seeded Keys lost seven straight games and Kerber enjoyed a dominant lead of 6-3 4-0, which soon actualized in the victory.
Keys finished the match with 19 winners to 39 unforced errors, while Kerber hit just five winners (all came in the first set!) and 11 unforced errors.
In yesterday’s quarterfinals, the first semifinal pair featuring Timea Bacsinszky and Svetlana Kuznetsova was set up, while Kerber’s opponent in the final four will be Victoria Azarenka, who is on course for back-to-back titles after beating Serena Williams in the Indian Wells final and ending the Miami run of British Johanna Konta 6-4 6-2 earlier on Wednesday. (photos: Jimmie48)
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