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US Open: Kerber reaches quarter-finals to close in on number 1 slot

'When I was a kid, of course, I was dreaming to winning slams and being one day number one,' admitted Kerber. 'Now it can happen.' Photograph: (Getty)

WION New York, United States Sep 05, 2016, 01.35 PM (IST)
Angelique Kerber was at her solid best to prevail over multiple Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Kerber's 6-3 7-5 keeps her in the hunt for the world number one slot as 22 grand slam-winner Serena Williams will have to reach the final to retain her ranking. If both reach the final, the winner becomes the numero uno in women's tennis.

Kerber and Kvitova went into Sunday's match locked at four wins apiece in their career meeting. But the German's solidity and Kvitova's 43 unforced errors allowed the former to close out the high-stakes match in an hour and 28 minutes.

Up next for Kerber is Roberta Vinci, last year's runner-up at the Flushing Meadows and the woman to deny Williams the perfect grand slam season. Vinci entered the last eight by beating Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets. 

"When I was a kid, of course I was dreaming to winning slams and being one day number one," admitted Kerber. "Now it can happen."

"I'm trying to not put pressure on myself because I know I have to win few more matches to reach the number one.

"When it happens it will be amazing feeling because that was also one of my dreams."

"But let's see what happens here in the next few days."

The Kerber-Kvitova match took place minutes after Rafael Nadal lost a pulsating five-set match to France's Lucas Pouille.

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