Five alive from Zakopalova

Angelique Kerber

Klara ZakopalovaEB2012Klara Zakopalova will face rising German star Angelique Kerber for an intriguing semi-final contest following her dismantling plucky Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The Czech Republic always had the upper hand against Pavlyuchenkova, running away with the opening set 6-3.

But she seemed to have a ‘blonde moment’ with a torrid start to the second half and trailing 5-2.

With the rain clouds hovering over Devonshire Park, Zakopalova calmed her nerves to play a more aggressive game and up the tempo.

But rain interrupted the match, after Pavlyuchenkova’s sixth double fault had given Zakapalova a break point – which she converted to lead a set and 6-5.

Following the rain break, the pair came back for three minutes as Zakapaolov closed out to triumph.

The spectators at Court 1 had been treated to an intriguing battle as well as spectacular shots, with Zakopalova capturing five games on the bounce to book her berth in the last four – and ultimately a shot at winning the title.

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