Kerber thwarts Azarenka comeback to reach semi-finals

MELBOURNE, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber advanced to her first Australian Open semi-final with a 6-3 7-5 win over Victoria Azarenka in a see-sawing quarter-final on Wednesday.

Twice champion Azarenka had lost just 11 games in her previous four matches at the tournament but found herself 4-0 down in the first set, which German Kerber went on to take in 48 minutes.

Azarenka mounted a comeback in the second set and had a chance to serve it out at 5-2 but seventh seed Kerber saved three set points, then saved two more in the 10th game to level the set at 5-5.

Kerber kept up the pressure and clinched the match in one hour, 45 minutes. She next faces the winner of the quarter-final between Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai and unseeded Briton Johanna Konta.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)


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