Elbow better, Angelique Kerber reaches Rogers Cup semifinals

11:21 p.m. EDT July 29, 2016

MONTREAL – Angelique Kerber put any concerns about her left elbow to rest Friday in the Rogers Cup.

The second-seeded German player advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded Russian Daria Kasatkina. And Kerber did it without a twinge from the elbow that forced her to withdraw from a match last week in Sweden.

“My elbow is feeling much better,” Kerber said. “I had a lot of treatments when I came here. It’s actually better from match to match. I’m not feeling it anymore. Hopefully, it will stay like this.”

The Australian Open winner will face fifth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania, a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 winner over No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

In the night quarterfinals, 10th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States beat 16th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-0, and Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova topped 15th-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain 6-4, 6-3.

Kerber and Halep, the top two players left, have met five times. Halep won the first three, all on hard courts like the one at Uniprix Stadium….

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