Angelique Kerber stuns Pliskova, reaches Dubai semis

Angelique Kerber stuns Pliskova, reaches Dubai semis

Angelique Kerber and Elina Svitolina will face off in a Dubai Championships semi-final today after both ran down opponents in quick straight-sets wins.

"When you're winning from match points (down), you don't know why", she said.

Czech Pliskova, the third seed, beat Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, while Germany's Kerber dispatched Italian qualifier Sara Errani 6-4, 6-2.

The final will see Kasatkina attempt to win only her second WTA title against defending champion Elina Svitolina, who saw off former world number one Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-3, marking her fifth successive victory over the German. Two daring forehand down-the-lines saved Kasatkina from the brink, and her dream week continued after coming out of nowhere to take the second set 7-6 (11), a set which lasted a marathon 86 minutes. "We spent like three hours on the court, but felt like one hour on a court because I was so much in the match". She's hitting so hard, playing so fast.

"I'm happy that it was in two sets because before we had such a tough battles", she said.

"I was little bit angry at myself that I didn't bring my best game at the end of the second set". I had to accept that and bounce back. "I was very happy with the way I played in the top moments".

"In the end, the win is the win".

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Svitolina will face Japan's Naomi Osaka in the last eight.

Darya Kasatkina saved three match points before knocking out second-seeded Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-1 to reach the Dubai Championships final Friday.

Svitolina looked set to run away with the match in the early stages, after sweeping to a 5-0 lead, not even allowing her opponent a game point in the first four games.

For she next takes on Angelique Kerber, who she beat in the Dubai semis past year when the German was world No1. "I really don't mind if it was the best match of my life or not".

Kerber, though, has looked impressive in Dubai this week, and beat the No3 seed, Karolina Pliskova, to make the semis.

"I was just trying to fight for every ball because Garbine, she's playing unbelievable", said Kasatkina. "Now I'm getting more stronger".

"I don't know how I won today. But I will try to be ready and, yeah, just take the next opponent on". "I had to be ready for her to raise her level". I know how to play on the outside court. She has now won 15 matches this year for just two losses, and on top of that, she went unbeaten in four singles and three doubles matches in the first week of the season at the Hopman Cup.

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