Top seed Angelique Kerber powered past teenage sensation Ana Konjuh at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, joining seventh seed Elina Svitolina, tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki and Anastasija Sevastova in the semifinals.
The world No.2 Kerber raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set against 19-year-old Konjuh, the second youngest Top 100 player, and even though the Croat fought back by winning three straight games, the German favorite finished the job 6-3. In the second set, after the first five games which went with serve, Kerber broke Konjuh for a 4-2 lead and continued to dominate until 6-2.
Awaiting Kerber in the semifinals is Ukraine’s world No.13 Svitolina, who didn’t need much time to beat Lauren Davis in the last eight, 6-0 6-4. Note that Kerber and Svitolina will play their 10th encounter already! What’s more, they are pretty even, with Kerber leading 5-4.
In the second semifinal we have the 2011 champion Wozniacki, who ended the dream run of 17-year-old CiCi Bellis 6-3 6-2, and the 35th-ranked Sevastova, who fought past Wang Qiang 6-4 7-5. (photo: Jimmie48)
I think Angie has a chance to clinch the No.1 spot again if she plays well in SF and F. She’s very hardworking but at the start of the year, she had so many pressures. Now it is gone, I think she’ll be able to at least be in the Top 3 till half of the year.