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Angelique Kerber powers past Pliskova to set up semis clash with Elina Svitolina in Dubai

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Germany’s Angelique Kerber came out on top in the battle of former world number ones against Karolina Pliskova in their Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship quarter-final match in UAE.

The two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber powered past Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 to move into the semifinals of the Dubai Championship.

The match, a replay of the 2016 US Open final won by the 30-year-old German, lasted 75 minutes, with Kerber never facing a break point.

Kerber next plays defending champion Elina Svitolina in a repeat of last season’s Dubai semi-final, which Svitolina won.

The top seeded Ukrainian kept alive her hopes of retaining the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Naomi Osaka in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

“I’m definitely happy, the way I’ve been handling the pressure and tough moments,” Svitolina said after the match.”

Defending champion Elina Svitolina in action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in UAE

“I just stayed in the moment, I was fighting, waiting for my opportunity, trying to earn opportunities.

“This was pretty much it – she gave me a chance and I took it. This was the key.”

This will be the 12th meeting between Kerber and Svitolina, with Kerber looking to end a four-match losing streak against the defending Dubai champion from Ukraine.

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