Angelique Kerber sets up Wimbledon semi-final clash with Ashleigh Barty

Former champion beats Karolina Muchova 6-2, 6-3Barty sees off compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-3

In the three years and 11 grand slam events since Angelique Kerber won Wimbledon, the German has lost in the first round five times and her ranking has fallen from No 2 to No 28. But class and grass-court prowess is an enduring quality and the 33-year-old is duly back at the business end of a grand slam once again.

Kerber’s 6-2, 6-3 win over the Czech, Karolina Muchova, put her through to the last four at Wimbledon for the fourth time. Having shrugged off a poor run of form last month by winning the title in Bad Homburg, the former world No 1 will take on the current No 1, Ashleigh Barty, on Thursday in a bid to reach her third final at SW19.

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