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Kerber stays on course for first title of 2019 in Mallorca

Kerber stays on course for first title of 2019 in Mallorca

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber stayed on course to capture her first title of 2019 with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win over Caroline Garcia of France to reach the Mallorca semi-finals on Friday.

World number six Kerber took her head-to-head lead against Garcia to 6-2 after their first career meeting on grass.

The victory also ended the seven-match winning streak of Garcia who lifted the Nottingham trophy last weekend.

In Saturday's semi-finals, Kerber will take on Switzerland's Belinda Bencic who knocked out Roland Garros semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-2.

The other last-four clash pits US seventh seed Sofia Kenin against Anastasija Sevastova.

Kenin defeated Belgian fourth seed Elise Mertens 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 while Latvian second seed Sevastova brushed aside Wang Yafan of China 6-2, 6-1.