Kerber sees off spirited challenge of Siniakova in Birmingham

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Angelique Kerber ensured there would not be a third shock on Day 5 of the AEGON Classic, but was made to work hard for her 6-2 6-4 win over the Czech Katerina Siniakova.

Siniakova had already surprised one German on Centre Court in Andrea Petkovic (def. 7-6 in 3rd) but Kerber would not go the same route.  The third seed’s defence was excellent throughout, drawing countless errors. She would quickly move into a 4-0 lead, but would need 3 and 4 break points respectively in the two games that she broke in. Siniakova would get one break back, only to give it back. Kerber finally took the set on her third set point after a forehand that caught the line.

The second would be more of the same with hard fought service games on both players part. Siniakova hit a backhand long to fall down 1-2* and despite her best efforts, could not convert on a lengthy game at 3-4 which saw her have two break points. She would have to save match point on serve in the next game and did so with a powerful backhand but Kerber would face a much easier service game in serving it out, converting her first match point for the win.

Kerber is now one match away from her second grass final in two years after making Eastbourne last year. She will play either Sabine Lisicki or Daniela Hantuchova in the second match on Centre Court tomorrow.

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