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Paris – German 10th seed Angelique Kerber beat Croatia's Petra Martic 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to reach the women's quarterfinals of the French Open.
Kerber, 24, will play Sara Errani of Italy, who defeated 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-0, 7-5, for a place in the semi-finals.
After easily winning the first set 6-3, Kerber, a semi-finalist at the US Open last year, immediately got a break in the second when Martic, ranked 50th in the world, miscalculated a drop shot and hit the ball into the net.
Martic broke back in the eighth game to level the set and held her serve to take the lead but in the following game, Kerber fired off an ace to level the score at 5-5.
In the next game, Kerber prevailed in a 28-shot rally to go to break point and then sliced in a deft drop shot to move ahead 6-5.
The left-handed Kerber finally secured her quarter-final place on her third match point with a forehand winner on a poor return by the Croatian, who suffered nine double faults on her way to elimination. – Sapa-AFP