Kerber leaves Halep to reach the semi-finals in Eastbourne

LONDON: Angelique Kerber pursued her good grass court ahead of her Wimbledon title defense by having the better of Simona Halep 6-4, 6-3 to achieve Eastbourne International’s semi-finals on Thursday.

In her first title of the year, the three-time Grand Slam champion is home in and has now reached the semi-finals in her last four grass court events.

The German broke in both sets twice early to take a commanding lead in the fight between two former numbers of the globe.

On both occasions, Halep got one of the breaks back, but in just over 70 minutes, Kerber held on to seal victory.

After the Tunisian edged out Alize Cornet 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, she will face the unseeded Ons Jabeur for a place in the final.

On the other hand of the draw, the two top seeds will clash for a location in the final on Saturday as world number three Karolina Pliskova and fourth-ranked Kiki Bertens requested a position in the last four.

Pliskova, who won two years earlier in Eastbourne, fell only two matches outclassing Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-0 from Russia. Bertens had a tougher afternoon, but the winner Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 finally saw off last year.

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