Angelique Kerber loses title as upsets continue at Aegon Classic in Birmingham

6:35 p.m. EDT June 17, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Angelique Kerber became another in a sequence of leading players to have their Wimbledon preparations cut short when she lost her title in a dramatic quarterfinal defeat in the Aegon Classic.

The second-seeded German was beaten 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 by Carla Suarez Navarro, the world number 16 from Spain, despite a fine fightback in which Kerber appeared to have regained the momentum during a final set in which she was three times within two points of victory.

Navarro however appeared to last a physically very tough match the better after a schedule in which both players had to complete second round matches earlier in the day.

“I had to fight and play my best to beat the best player,” Navarro said, even though Kerber has often found it had to rediscover her best after her sensational Grand Slam triumph in Australia at the start of the…

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