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Kerber battles past Halep, enters second Wimbledon semifinal

Wimbledon 2016 Updated: Jul 05, 2016 19:46 IST
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Angelique Kerber celebrates her win over Simona Halep.(REUTERS)

German fourth seed Angelique Kerber battled past Romania’s Simona Halep in a last-eight battle of counter-attackers on Tuesday, winning 7-5, 7-6 (2) to enter the semi-final of Wimbledon for a second time.

In a gloriously unpredictable and at times spectacular match, both players stretched each other’s defences with an array of pinpoint topspins, slices and dropshots, but struggled with their serves.

In a first set that featured nine breaks, Halep held hers just once in six attempts, conceding the set on a double fault.

The pattern of the second set was almost as unconventional, with the German, who won her maiden Grand Slam title in Australia in January, failing to serve out the match at 5-4 before coming through a tiebreak that she dominated.