California: Number eight seed Angelique Kerber defeated Venus Williams in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-3 to make the final four at the Paribas Open for the third time in her career.
“Today I think [Williams] played really tricky, but in a good way, it was really hard for me to play my game, also with changing the rhythm and everything,” Women’s Tennis Association quoted Kerber as saying. The reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber had won five of her previous eight meetings with Williams.
“I was really trying, in the first set especially, to find my rhythm and play my tennis, but it was not so easy, and, to play against Venus, it is always tough. I know this. I was expecting a tough match”. Angelique Kerber will now take on Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals of Paribas Open