Tennis - Kerber books Miami semi-final with Azarenka

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 30: Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning a match against Madison Keys during Day 10 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 30, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPKEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 30: Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning a match against Madison Keys during Day 10 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 30, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Mike Ehrmann)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 30: Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning a match against Madison Keys during Day 10 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 30, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPKEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 30: Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning a match against Madison Keys during Day 10 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 30, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Mike Ehrmann)

- Reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber cruised into the ATP and WTA Miami Open semi-finals on Wednesday by dispatching US 22nd seed Madison Keys 6-3, 6-2. The German second seed will play a Thursday semi-final against two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, the former world number one from Belarus who defeated British 24th seed Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2. Azarenka is 6-1 lifetime against Kerber, but lost their most recent meeting in the Australian Open quarter-finals. "I know I have to play my best tennis against her," Kerber said. "I will be ready." Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova meets Swiss 19th seed Timea Bacsinszky in the other semi-final. The 30-year-old Russian has won both their previous meetings.

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