Suarez Navarro prevails in Birmingham double-header

Three of the players to reach the semis had to complete two matches on Friday amid a rain-affected tournament in Birmingham, with six sets apiece required to decide Suarez Navarro and Kerber's respective fates.

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Carla Suarez Navarro in action.

Carla Suarez Navarro came through an Aegon Classic double-header to reach the semi-finals at the expense of a tired Anqelique Kerber.

Three of the players to reach the semis had to complete two matches on Friday amid a rain-affected tournament in Birmingham, with six sets apiece required to decide Suarez Navarro and Kerber's respective fates. Having beaten Andrea Petkovic 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5), Suarez Navarro overcame Kerber – herself an earlier 5-7 6-2 6-2 winner over Daria Gavrilova – 6-4 1-6 7-5.

The Spaniard now faces Madison Keys in the last four, the American – who had just the one match to contend with – defeating Jelena Ostapenko 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-2.

Barbora Strycova faces Coco Vandeweghe in the other semi-final, the Czech seeing off Heather Watson and Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets. Vandeweghe had beaten Christina McHale, before dumping out Wickmayer, who in turn had ousted home hope Johanna Konta.

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