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Qatar Open: World No. 6 Angelique Kerber comes back from set down to beat Barbora Strycova in quarter-final

  • Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber came back from a set down on Thursday to reach the Qatar Open semi-finals, in a match lasting more than two hours

  • The world number six won 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 (7/4) in a tough encounter against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic — who was given a time violation in the final set

  • Earlier, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina became the first player through to the semi-finals, beating another Czech, qualifier Karolina Muchova 6-4, 6-2

Doha: Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber came back from a set down on Thursday to reach the Qatar Open semi-finals, in a match lasting more than two hours.

 Qatar Open: World No. 6 Angelique Kerber comes back from set down to beat Barbora Strycova in quarter-final

File image of Angelique Kerber. AP

The world number six won 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 (7/4) in a tough encounter against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic — who was given a time violation in the final set — to set up a last-four clash against Kiki Bertens or Elise Mertens.

The German not only battled back from being a set down, she was also a break down in the second and third sets before winning through. It is Kerber's first semi-final since she won at Wimbledon last year. Bertens and Mertens play later on Thursday.

Earlier, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina became the first player through to the semi-finals, beating another Czech, qualifier Karolina Muchova 6-4, 6-2.

She will either play world number three and top seed in Doha, Simona Halep, or Germany's Julia Goerges in the next round. That pair also play later on Thursday.

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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2019 23:46:31 IST