Bad Homburg Open: Alize Cornet thwarts Angelique Kerber’s title-defence bid in QF

Alize Cornet ousted defending titlist Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals of the Bad Homburg Open on Thursday. The Frenchwoman, seeded ninth in the draw, came through 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 against the third-seeded German in an hour and 54 minutes.

Cornet won 60% of her first-serve points to Kerber’s 53% and 57% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 50%. She converted five break points on Kerber’s serve and conceded her serve four times across the match. The third set was by far the cleanest for Cornet as she didn’t face a single break point and won 78% of her first-serve points.

In the semi-finals, Cornet will take on fellow countrywoman, Caroline Garcia. Garcia beat German wildcard, Sabine Lisicki, 6-3, 7-6(7) in an hour and 56 minutes.

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Lisicki had two set points to even the match in the second set tie-break but Garcia saved both before securing the win on her first match point. In terms of points’ breakdown, both players won a high margin of points off their respective first serves – Garcia won 85% while Lisicki won 80%. The match featured just two breaks of serve, both on Lisicki’s serve in the first set. On the other hand, the French player went on to save 12 break points she faced throughout the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu defeated the top-seeded Daria Kasatkina in their quarter-final match. The Canadian needed an hour and 22 minutes to claim a 6-4, 6-1 win. Kasatkina’s second serve was exploited by Andreescu who won 82% of second-serve return points. Five breaks on Kasatkina’s serve also helped Andreescu to clinch the win.

For a place in the Bad Homburg Open final, Andreescu will take on fourth seed Simona Halep. The Romanian posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over sixth seed Amanda Anisimova in 56 minutes in their last-eight match. Halep didn’t get broken across the match and converted five break points on the American’s serve to get through in the draw.