WTA Finals: Angelique Kerber & Dominika Cibulkova reach semi-finals

Angelique Kerber
Kerber took the number one ranking from Serena Williams last month

World number one Angelique Kerber and Slovakia's seventh seed Dominika Cibulkova secured semi-final places at the WTA Finals as both players won their final group matches in Singapore.

Kerber beat American Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 to claim her third win of the week.

Cibulkova had required the German to win in straight sets to progress from the White Group, having earlier beaten Romania's Simona Halep 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova had already qualified from the Red Group.

Kuznetsova, who only qualified for the season-ending event last Saturday, will play Cibulkova in the last four, while Kerber will face the winner of Friday's final round-robin match between Poland's defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska and Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova.

Dominika Cibulkova
Cibulkova is through despite winning just one of her three group matches

Cibulkova's straight-set victory guaranteed Kerber's place in the semi-finals, and the Slovak then had to wait and hope that Kerber would return the favour with a two-set win over Keys.

"Probably I'll be checking the score, but that's the worst thing you can do," Cibulkova said after her match.

"Maybe we're going to go shopping to try and forget it, and just see the result."

Kerber duly saw off Keys in little over an hour, and said: "Today I wasn't thinking that I already was in the semis. It was important to go out to win the match and win all three matches.

"Now I'm going to the semis with three really good matches which gives me a lot of confidence."

Red Group (*Qualified for semi-finals)
WinsSets won-lostGames won-lost
1. Angelique Kerber - Q*36-139-27
2. Dominika Cibulkova - Q*13-433-36
3. Simona Halep12-427-31
4. Madison Keys12-424-29
White Group
WinsSets won-lostGames won-lost
1. Svetlana Kuznetsova - Q*24-231-30
2. Agnieszka Radwanska13-229-24
3. Karolina Pliskova13-3 33-30
4. Garbine Muguruza01-423-31

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