LINZ, Austria – Top-seeded Angelique Kerber defeated Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies on Friday to secure the final spot in the season-ending WTA Championships.
“Qualifying for Istanbul is a great achievement,” Kerber said. “It's the reward for my consistency though I've had my ups and downs and a couple of injuries this year.”
The 10th-ranked German next plays fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, while Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland reached the last four by upsetting second-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5.
Kerber saved a break point while trailing Mayr-Achleitner 3-2 in the opening set. She then won nine straight games to lead 6-3, 5-0
before closing out the victory on her first match point.
“I was a bit nervous at the start and Patricia played really well,” Kerber said. “Then I settled and felt more relaxed.”
Suarez Navarro beat fifth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 to reach her fourth semifinal of the season and first on hardcourt. Suarez Navarro won the first eight points of the match and held serve throughout.
Earlier, Voegele won the last five games to complete her comeback against Stephens.
“To come back from 2-5 in the final set is incredible,” said Voegele, who reached her third semifinal of the season. “I told myself to keep on fighting and I am proud that I was able to win.”
The 12th-ranked Stephens lost a 5-2 lead in the opening set before converting her ninth set point in the tiebreaker.
The 58th-ranked Voegele will play two-time former champion Ana
Ivanovic or Dominika Cibulkova with a chance to reach her first career final. – Sapa-AP