Former Grand Slam champions Petra Kvitova and German star Angelique Kerber will meet in the semifinals Saturday in Stuttgart.
Kvitova advanced after blowing out Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in the third set 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.
“I think it’s very tough because I wasn’t playing bad, you know,” Muguruza said. “I was running and trying to fight for every point but she was coming with great shots.
“And then, I was like, I’m playing good and it’s like 3-0, 4-0, 5-0. So, I know with this kind of players, with Petra if she’s playing good, she hits everything.”
The defending champion Kerber had no trouble with Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-4.
“Angie is in great form. I know full well how dangerous she can be,” said Kvitova of the all-lefty match-up. “Perhaps it’s an advantage for me that I’ve already played three matches here and Angie only two after her first round bye.”
Kvitova leads 4-3 in their series winning three of the last four, but Kerber won most recently at the WTA Finals last fall.
In the other semifinal, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska, a winner over Karolina Pliskova, faces the surprise of the tournament, German qualifier Laura Siegmund.
A day after trouncing Simona Halep, the 28-year-old Siegemund blasted Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-4 to reach her biggest WTA semifinal of her career.
“It’s incredible that everything is going so well, but it’s the result of hard work,” Siegemund said.
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