Angelique Kerber reached the semi-finals of a tennis tournament for the first time since Wimbledon last July.
The former world number one won 6: 2, 4: 6, 6: 4 against the Pole Magda Linette in Strasbourg and reached the round of the last four. The 34-year-old North German meets the world number 94 this Friday. French Oceane Dodin, who defeated Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland 6:3, 6:0.
“I’m very happy to have won another three-set match on clay before going to Paris,” said Kerber. “I’m happy that I’m able to play and win three-set matches,” said the 34-year-old. At the moment it is more important for them to gain match practice than to be on the training ground. After 2:11 hours and a long last service game, Kerber made the success perfect with the fifth match point.
The clay court tournament in Strasbourg is endowed with a good 250,000 dollars and traditionally takes place in the week before the French Open. The second Grand Slam tournament of the season begins this Sunday in Paris. Sand is the weakest surface for Kerber, who accepted a wild card for the event in Strasbourg after a series of losses and is number two there. (dpa)