Top seed Angelique Kerber secured her place at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships and qualified for the second straight year by defeating Patricia Mayr-Achleitner in the quarterfinals at the Generali Ladies Linz on Friday, without dropping serve and breaking her opponent twice in each set, 6-3 6-1.
Kerber's opponent in the semifinals will be fourth seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who dispatched fifth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens 6-1 6-3. Kerber and Suarez Navarro have faced each other once, and it was pretty recently, in the fourth round of the US Open, when the Spaniard won 4-6 6-3 7-6(3).
The second semifinal pair at the Generali Ladies Linz will feature 58th-ranked Stefanie Voegele, who eliminated second seed Sloane Stephens in long two hours and 46 minutes, 6-7(3) 6-4 7-5, and seed No.3 Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 and 2010 Linz champion, who defeated seventh-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-4. Voegele, ranked 58th, and Ivanovic will meet up for the first time in their careers. (photo: JJ-Tennis)