Defending champ Kerber fights back

Birmingham—Defending champion Angelique Kerber made a typically tenacious comeback from a set down and a day’s delay to reach the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham on Friday.
She did it with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Daria Gavrilova, an improving young world number 50 from Australia who ended yesterday’s rain-ruined schedule within two points of snatching the first set. She duly did that on Friday, capturing Kerber’s service game, which restarted with the titleholder 0-30 down. But thereafter the German displayed admirable motivation in still-damp conditions and found a good rhythm with solid ground-stroke hitting.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray was given a brief scare by fellow-Briton Kyle Edmund before earning safe passage through to the semi-final as he continues attempts to claim a record fifth title at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club. The four-time champion won the opening set but his Great Britain Davis Cup colleague broke twice in the second to level the match.
But the two-time grand slam champion showed his class in the decider with two breaks of Edmund’s serve to prevail 6-4 3-6 6-1 and set up a last four clash with Croatian Marin Cilic in a repeat of the 2013 final in south London, which Murray won in three sets. Edmund meanwhile emerges with plenty of credit from the first ever British men’s quarter-final clash in the professional era at the venue.
“I train with Kyle a lot so I know how good he is. He is a big strong guy and has a very powerful game,” the world number two told BBC Sport. —Agencies

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