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Tennis: Kerber sends Germany into Fed Cup semis

Angelique Kerber qualified Germany for the Fed Cup semi-finals on Sunday when she defeated Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in the first of the reverse singles.

BRATISLAVA: Germany qualified for the Fed Cup semi-finals on Sunday when Angelique Kerber defeated Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in the first of the reverse singles.

The win gave the Germans, who last won the Fed Cup in 1992, an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie.

Kerber defeated Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (11/9), 6-1 in the second of Saturday's two singles, after Andrea Petkovic had saved a match point en route to a 1-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 win over Cibulkova.

"I had so much emotion from the team," Kerber said.

"It was tough, so I was just trying to play point-by-point. I think I played well, I moved well, I mixed it up well, sometimes aggressive, sometimes defensive, and I'm so happy that we're now through."

Next up for Germany will be a semi-final match-up against Australia, who defeated an understrength Russia team 4-0 in Hobart, Tasmania earlier on Sunday.

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