In a battle of left-handers, World No.73 Fernandez fought back from a set and a break down to stun Angelique, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2.
Reported by WTA Staff
Fernandez had sensationally knocked defending champion Naomi Osaka out of the draw with a comeback victory in the third round. Her fourth-round tilt against Kerber was nearly a carbon copy, as the Canadian again gritted her way through a second-set tiebreak before ousting the German.
Key moments: From 2-4 down in the first set, Kerber ramped up her footspeed and started to steer the direction of the ball into challenging positions, helping her go on a tear. She found a backhand winner down the line to garner a break at love and a 5-4 lead, then slammed another winner off of that wing in the next game to convert her first set point — her ninth point in a row.
But Fernandez’s forehand started to become a more consistent weapon during the second set, and at 2-4 down, she was able to use that to grit out a tough break and get back on serve. The Canadian continued to move forward, holding a set point at 6-5, but Kerber triumphed in a run of lengthy rallies to edge into the tiebreak.
In the breaker, Fernandez found rocketing groundstrokes as she swept to a quick 5-1 lead, and despite letting the next three points slip away, another powerful return winner gave the teen two more set points at 6-4. A Kerber forehand winner saved the first, but on the second, Fernandez forced an error with a deft dropshot, and the match was tied at one set apiece.
In the third set, Kerber saved a break point at 1-1, but she was less successful at 2-2 as Fernandez roared through the game to clinch the first break of the set. An ace to consolidate for 4-2 propelled Fernandez even further ahead, and after saving two break points, she served out the match at 5-2, winning the last five games of the match in the process.