EASTBOURNE – Angelique Kerber’s Wimbledon preparation gained momentum as she thumped Simona Halep 6-4 6-3 in a battle of former world number ones to reach the semi-finals at Eastbourne on Thursday.
The Wimbledon champion converted five out of seven break points to secure the victory, and set up a last-four clash with unseeded Ons Jabeur.
“I am really happy how I played,” Kerber told the BBC. “To play against Simona, you know you have to play the best tennis.”
Tunisian Jabeur was made to work hard for a victory over Alize Cornet as she shook off an ankle injury in the final set to prevail 1-6 7-5 6-3.
“At this tournament, I’m the queen of losing the first set and then coming back,” Jabeur, who has rallied back from a set down to win three of her four matches in Eastbourne, said.