april 27, 2019 - Porsche

Thrilling quarterfinal matches in the Porsche Arena

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Angelique Kerber exits

"I'm naturally disappointed but I there's nothing I have to be sorry about. I gave it my all and left everything I had out there on court," said #angeliquekerber after her two-set 6-3, 6-4 loss against Kiki Bertens. For a while in the second set, it seemed as if the Wimbledon winner might turn the match around but whatever she attempted, the strong-serving opponent always had an answer. With the defeat still fresh on her mind, #angeliquekerber nevertheless looked forward towards the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year. "I'll give myself a couple of days off to return to full fitness and will hone my clay court #tennis in the lead-up to Paris. That's the plan." 

After first-round losses in both 2017 and 2018, reaching the semifinal this year is the biggest success ever for Kiki Bertens at the #Porschetennisgrandprix. The Dutchwoman will now play the Czech #petrakvitova.

Petra Kvitova made to work hard

It was not an easy day at the office for #petrakvitova. The world number 3 and leader of the #Porsche Race to Shenzhen, the official qualification ranking for the prestigious WTA Finals in November, was forced to dig deep in the day's first encounter. Anastasija Sevastova proved to be the expected tough opponent and forced the favourite to pull out all the stops when winning 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Latvian raced into a 4-0 first set lead and all #petrakvitova could do was watch and applaud her opponent's shots. "I have no idea when I last started a match so badly," said the Czech after advancing to the semifinals. "I made too many mistakes and Anastasija hardly made any." The two-time Wimbledon winner took the second set relatively easily and although Anastasija Sevastova was not going to lie down in the third, she was unable to put the Czech under any real pressure. 

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