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Kerber into Eastbourne final as Jabeur withdraws

Angelique Kerber in action against Simona Halep during the singles match at the Eastbourne Open tennis tournament at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, Engl...

Angelique Kerber in action against Simona Halep during the singles match at the Eastbourne Open tennis tournament at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, Engl...

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Defending Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber reached the Eastbourne final on Friday when Ons Jabeur withdrew with an injury.

Jabeur rolled her right ankle during Thursday's quarterfinal match against Alize Cornet and the Tunisian couldn't recover in time for her second career semifinal match.

Chasing her first title since she beat Serena Williams in last year's Wimbledon final, Kerber will play either second-seeded Karolina Pliskova or third-seeded Kiki Bertens.

It will be the third time Kerber has played in the Eastbourne final after losing in 2012 and 2014.

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Updated : 2021-01-20 15:30 GMT+08:00