Kerber stuns top-seed Sharapova in Paris

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 09, 2012
Angelique Kerber of Germany stunned top-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open GDF Suez. The U.S. Open semifinalist broke serve three times in the first set and rallied from 3-1 down in the second, clinching victory when the Russian hit a forehand long. Kerber will next play either Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium or Mona Barthel of Germany. Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic also advanced, rallying to beat sixth-seeded Julia Goerges 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Zakopalova won seven straight games as she sealed the second set and took a 5-0 lead in the third, clinching victory when the German hit a forehand return long. Goerges took a medical timeout at 4-0 in the final set to have her left thigh massaged by a trainer. The German initially broke for a 2-0 lead and took the first set when Zakopalova netted a forehand. But Zakopalova leveled the match when Goerges dropped serve at 6-5, hitting a forehand that caught the tape before dropping out. Zakopalova, who reached her first semifinals since the Korea Open last September, will next face either second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France or Roberta Vinci of Italy.
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