Goerges dethrones Kasatkina to reach semi-finals

Germany's Julia Goerges dethroned defending champ Daria Kasatkina to punch her ticket to the WTA Charleston semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win on Friday.

The German number two and fifth seed blasted 33 winners and kept her unforced errors to a minimum to shutdown the Russians superb baseline game which propelled her to the title in 2017.

Goerges advances to her first semi-final at this claycourt event where she will play Latvian eighth seed Anastasija Sevastova who cruised past Czech Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-0.

After losing her serve early in the third game of the first set, Goerges broke back immediately to level at 2-2. She then served for a love hold and never trailed again in the match.

The other semi-final will feature American Madison Keys squaring off against Netherlands Kiki Bertens.


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