Brisbane - Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber
of Germany, the highest-ranked woman remaining at the Brisbane International,
advanced to the semi-finals on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
Top-seeded Simona Halep and No 3-seeded
Maria Sharapova withdrew injured ahead of their matches on Tuesday, while
second-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain retired with an injury in the second
set of her match on Wednesday.
At another Australian Open warm-up tournament,
Austria's Tamira Paszek became the first player to reach the ASB Classic semi-finals
in Auckland, New Zealand, when she beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a
match between qualifiers that lasted 2 hours, 51 minutes.
Paszek, an Auckland semi-finalist in 2008
as a teenager, saved a break point in the final game before finally converting
her eighth match point.