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Kerber defeats Muchova to set up semi-final encounter with Barty

Angelique Kerber. Photo: ATP

London, July 6 (MNN) German Angelique Kerber celebrated her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance since a 2018 run to the title here by whistling past number 19 seed Karolina Muchova, 6-2, 6-3, in 75 minutes at Court number one at the Wembledon here on Tuesday.

Eyeing a 3rd Wimbledon final, she will face Australian and world number one Ashleigh Barty who defeated compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-3. It would be Barty’s first semi-finals at The Championships.

Czech Muchova had gleaned no reward from their previous two meetings, played within weeks of one another in 2019, and in this match it was signature Kerber early on: Making her opponent play another shot and another, until either Muchova gave way or Kerber was too good.

Still, Muchova was playing her second successive quarter-finals on the Wimbledon lawns.

She may never have won a Tour-level match on grass anywhere other than SW19, but she is one of only three women to reach the last eight on her first two appearances at The Championships.

Kerber tallies her 80th career grass-court win with a 62-63 win over Karolina Muchova to advance to her 4th Wimbledon semi-finals.

She extended her winning streak to 10 matches, losing just one set over the fortnight.

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