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Kerber brushes aside Flipkens in Mexico

6th April 2019, 11:45 by Chris Rivers

Angelique Kerber says she's once again enjoying her time at the Abierto GNP Seguros after making it through to the semi-finals.

The three-time Grand Slam winner is gearing up for the third last-four showdown of her career in Monterrey after a comfortable quarter-final triumph over Kirsten Flipkens on Friday night.

The German was dominant on her own serve, dropping just eight points, while she also hit 24 winners as she improved her head-to-head record against the Belgian to 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

The straightforward triumph continues Kerber's good start to the year having reached two previous semi-finals already this season.

Awaiting her in the last-four on Saturday will be Victoria Azarenka after the two-time Wimbledon champion made light work of four-time Monterrey champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, winning 6-0 6-4.

She'll come up against a confident Kerber, who believes the key to her good record in Mexico is being able to enjoy her time off the court as much as on it.

"I feel really good here. I feel so welcome, and to be here for so many years, it's always great," she told the WTA website. "Returning to a place where you feel so comfortable, it's always great. I enjoy my time on and off the court."

"It's always tough to play against her," added, when asked about beating Flipkens. "Shes a really tricky opponent with a lot of experience.

"We know each other very well. I was just trying to play my game and it's great to be in the semifinals here again."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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