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Wozniacki blitzes Muguruza, Kerber beaten in Tokyo

Wozniacki blitzes Muguruza, Kerber beaten in Tokyo

Playing in her first tournament since earning the WTA's top ranking, Wimbledon champion Muguruza had 29 unforced errors to drop the final 10 games of the match. #Angelique Kerber defeated Karolina Pliskova, 7-6 (5), 7-5, in the battle of the former No. 1 players in the world to book a spot in the semifinal. "To be honest nothing has really changed but I know every match is going to be even tougher now". She's only 150 points ahead of the Romanian, who's not playing this week. The Dane won her quarter-final after Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova was forced to retire with a right-thigh injury while trailing 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 1-3. In the other semifinal pairing, Dutch No.2 Richel Hogenkamp and Beatriz Haddad Maia will face off. Hogenkamp made it to her first WTA semifinal after beating Priscilla Hon, 6-3, 6-4, Maia, for her part, ousted Sara Sorribes Tormo in two sets.

"I felt my game was there, my intensity, and I'm happy that in important moments I played well", Muguruza said afterwards.

After that, it was a breeze for Zhang, who took a 3-0 lead and never looked back en route to win. "I'm dealing with a new situation (of being No. 1) and I don't think it's right to put pressure on myself".

Kerber's backhand proved to be a potent weapon and after edging a first-set tie-break, she claimed the only break of the match to reach the last four.

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"No matter what ranking I am or Caroline is, in this type of match it doesn't matter because it's always going to be hard", Muguruza said.

Wozniacki, a three-time finalist in Tokyo, was far too good for Muguruza, winning 6-2 6-0 in their last-four clash.

"I will just enjoy the match today - and then focus on tomorrow", said Kerber, who leads 5-4 in the head to heads and hopes to avenge the most recent defeat in the Monterrey final earlier this year. "I'm very disappointed, but she just played better".

The world No. 9 got a break in the 11th game to go 6-5 up but Wozniacki, seeded third, saved two match points and finally took it to the tiebreak to force a decider.


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