Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Kerber crushes Keys and enters last 4

First quarter final on Day Ten on RLA was Angie Kerber (21) against Madison Keys (17).

Nothing were on streaks of great form and this was likely to be a top match.

Keys served first and not well. Down three break points - all saved. Not the fourth and Kerber led 1-0.

Keys brought up a break point with a clean winner, but it was saved.

A second break chance also saved.  

Another break point was converted on the Keys serve and 3-0 for Kerber.

4-0 to the 2016 champion following a love game on serve, laced with 3 forehand winners and an ace.

Keys at last held serve, and convincingly.

At 1-5, a double fault from Keys, and errors led to a dropped serve and the set win for Kerber 6-1 - only 23 minutes long.

Kerber lost just two points in the first two games of set two, including the break of Keys in game two. 2-0 and cruising.

Game three a little tougher and two points lost en route to 3-0.

Keys was on the board in the fourth game and trailed 1-3.

Incredibly, against the run of play, the American broke the German to love, and at 2-3 was statistically back in the match.

Not according to Angie who only surrendered three more points in the match.

6-1 6-2 in 51 minutes and Kerber was into the semi final - this was a crushing win and surely Kerber deserves favouritism for the title, given that she is in the last four, is playing at the top of her game, and is the only player left in the tournament with a major to their name.

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