Kerber beats Azarenka to advance to Australian Open semis

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 27, 2016 10:42 AM
Kerber beats Azarenka to advance to Australian Open semis
Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates after winning a point against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Angelique Kerber won five consecutive games in the second set and saved five set points to beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-5 in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Kerber broke Azarenka's serve to end the match, hitting a cross-court backhand at the net to beat the Belarussian for the first time in seven career matches.

The No.7-seeded German will play the winner of the later quarterfinal between Britain's Johanna Konta and Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai.

The other semifinalists — six-time champion Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska — were determined on Tuesday.

Both semifinals will be played Thursday, with the final on Saturday.

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