Linz, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed Angelique Kerber and former
world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic gained safe entry into the semifinals, while young
American star Sloane Stephens came up a quarterfinal loser Friday at the
Generali Ladies Linz tennis tournament.
The left-handed German Kerber, a recent finalist in Tokyo, whipped Austrian
wild card Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-3, 6-1, while the third-seeded two-time
Linz champion Ivanovic handled seventh-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-2,
6-4 on the indoor hardcourts at TipsArena Linz. Cibulkova was a runner-up
here two years ago.
With her victory on Friday, Kerber completed the eight-player field for the
upcoming season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Meanwhile, the second-seeded, world No. 13 Stephens succumbed to 57th-ranked
Swiss Stefanie Voegele, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5.
One other quarterfinal saw fourth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro
cruise past fifth-seeded Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium
Saturday's semis will pit Kerber against Suarez Navarro and Ivanovic versus
Ivanovic was the Linz titlist in 2008 and 2010.
This week's winner will claim $43,700.
The Sports Network