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Tennis: Germany into Fed Cup final as Kerber downs Stosur

Angelique Kerber put Germany into their first Fed Cup final in 22 years with a fighting victory over Australia's Samantha Stosur in the semi-final in Brisbane on Sunday. World number seven Kerber fought back from dropping the opening set to beat former US Open champion Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in two hours 14 minutes to give Germany an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia.

Tennis: Veteran Pennetta into first Open quarter-final

Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta battled into her first-ever Australian Open quarter-final on Sunday by blasting ninth-seeded German Angelique Kerber off court in three sets. The 31-year-old set up a last-eight clash against Chinese fourth seed Li Na with a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win in one hour 52 minutes, and said her game as maturing with age. "I'm a bit older now and starting to enjoy just playing tennis more and everything is good so far... The first set was one of the best I have ever played," said the 28th seed.

Kerber overcomes blip to beat local hope Gajdosova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ninth-seed Angelique Kerber shook off a second-set blip to advance to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday with a 6-3 0-6 6-2 win over local wildcard Jarmila Gajdosova. After an error-strewn first set, the 26-year-old Gajdosova looked out of the match in the second when she rolled her left ankle on Rod Laver Arena and needed a medical timeout in the opening game.

Tennis: Qualifier Pironkova beats Kerber for Sydney title

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova crowned a stunning week of top ten scalps with a straight sets victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the final of the Sydney International Friday. Pironkova, the world number 107, defeated her third top-ten ranked opponent of the week with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 96 minutes. Pironkova became the first women's qualifier to win the Sydney International, one of the oldest tournaments in the world, for her maiden WTA title.

Tennis: Qualifier Pironkova beats Kerber for Sydney title

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova crowned a stunning week of top ten scalps with a straight sets victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the final of the Sydney International Friday. Pironkova, the world number 107, defeated her third top-ten ranked opponent of the week with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 96 minutes. Pironkova became the first women qualifier to win the Sydney International, which is one of the oldest tournaments in the world, for her maiden WTA title.

Tennis: Pironkova upsets Kvitova to play Kerber in Sydney final

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova reached her first WTA final with a semi-final win over second seed Petra Kvitova at the Sydney International on Thursday. The world number 107 defeated her second top-ten ranked opponent of the week in a 6-4 6-3 victory. Pironkova, 26, will play fifth seed Angelique Kerber in Friday's final after the German left-hander mastered American Madison Keys 6-4, 6-2.

Tennis: Kvitova tames Kerber to win Pan Pacific Open

Czech Petra Kvitova recovered from a second-set meltdown to beat fellow left-hander Angelique Kerber 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 and capture the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday for her second title of the year. Seventh seed Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, burst from the blocks in the Tokyo final, storming through the first set, but inexplicably suffered the dreaded 0-6 'bagel' in the second. She quickly rediscovered her poise in the decider, screaming in delight and pumping her fist as she put away a sharp volley to take a 4-0 lead.

Tennis: Kvitova tames Kerber to win Pan Pacific Open

Czech Petra Kvitova recovered from a second-set meltdown to beat fellow left-hander Angelique Kerber 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 and capture the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday for her second title of the year. Seventh seed Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, burst from the blocks in the Tokyo final, storming through the first set, but inexplicably suffered a dreaded 0-6 'bagel' in the second. She quickly rediscovered her poise in the decider, screaming in delight and pumping her fist as she put away a sharp volley to take a 4-0 lead.

Tennis: Kerber suffers Internet abuse after Wimbledon woe

German seventh seed Angelique Kerber was the target of a torrent of abuse on social media after her Wimbledon exit on Friday. Kerber, who made the semi-finals in 2012, was knocked out by Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 in the second round despite leading by a set and 5/1 in the second-set tie-breaker. Her Facebook page received a string of abusive messages including a death threat as well as one wanting her to break her arms while another demanded the tie be investigated for match-fixing.

Tennis: Kerber clinches fourth-round berth at Indian Wells

Fourth-seeded German Angelique Kerber had to dig deep in the second set on Monday to polish off a 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) third-round victory over Yanina Wickmayer at Indian Wells. After easing through the opening set, Kerber trailed 4-1 in the second. But the 25-year-old, ranked sixth in the world, was able to turn the tide after some encouraging words from her coach. "He was coming to me and just reminding me of the game plan we had before the match and just telling me to focus on my game, play point by point and believe in my game," she said. "It helps me."
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