Australian Open 2018: Angelique Kerber thrashes Madison Keys to make the semi finals

ANGELIQUE KERBER turned defence into assault to thrash Madison Keys.

Kerber is partying prefer it’s 2016, turning again the clock to when she gained her first Grand Slam title right here in Melbourne.

 Angelique Kerber continued her great run by thrashing Madison Keys to reach the semi finals

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Angelique Kerber continued her nice run by thrashing Madison Keys to attain the semi finals

Former world No 1 Kerber, who gained 6-1 6-2, in simply fifty one minutes to attain the semi finals, stated: “Madison is a tough hitter, and she or he served good. So I used to be making an attempt to enjoying from the first level aggressive and shifting good and in addition bringing a whole lot of balls again.

“That is, you recognize, my primary, shifting good, bringing a variety of balls again.
“However on the different aspect, being additionally aggressive and taking the recreation in my hand and simply going from the first level, from the return, simply going for it.

“I'm feeling the ball actually good, and I used to be having fun with the match. I used to be going on the market and making an attempt to enjoying my tennis once more.

“Yeah, it was a very good feeling once more.

“I’ll always remember the reminiscences I had in 2016 right here, in order that's why I really feel so good.

“And I do know all the locations in Melbourne the place I can go for, let's say, a espresso or simply when I’ve a time without work.

“This provides me a number of confidence to be right here and enjoying my greatest.”

 Keys was stretched for the first time in the tournament and couldn't cope with Kerber's blend of attack and defence

Keys was stretched for the first time in the event and couldn't deal with Kerber's mix of assault and defence

Keys, the eventual runner-up,  was the solely one among the 4 US Open semi-finalists to make it out of the first spherical.

The No 17 seed had not dropped a set on her method to the final eight, however got here utterly unstuck towards Kerber.

Keys matched her opponent with thirteen winners, however made 25 unforced errors to the German’s seven.

Keys stated: “She clearly is superb at getting numerous balls again and makes you are feeling like you will have to go for greater photographs than you’d towards different gamers, as a result of she's going to get two, three extra balls.
“I feel she undoubtedly performed one among the extra aggressive, in all probability extra aggressive than another time that we’ve performed one another.
“I imply, she was coming ahead. She was hitting winners. I actually didn't have a solution for something today.”

 Simona Halep roared back from 3-0 in the opening set to beat No 6 seed Karolina Pliskova convincingly

Simona Halep roared again from three-zero in the opening set to beat No 6 seed Karolina Pliskova convincingly

World No 1 Simona Halep arrange a mouthwatering semi-ultimate towards former rating-topper Kerber.

Halep fell three-zero behind to No 6 seed Karolina Pliskova, who had an opportunity to set up a four-zero lead with a double break.

However Halep then gained NINE video games in row and 12 of the subsequent 14 to win the match 6-three 6-2.

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ANGELIQUE KERBER turned defence into assault to thrash Madison Keys.

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