Errani beats Kerber to reach 1st Grand Slam semi

Updated: 05 June 2012 19:42 IST

Sara Errani of Italy reached her first Grand Slam semifinal with her first career victory against a top-10 player, eliminating 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (2) at the French Open on Tuesday.

Sara Errani of Italy reached her first Grand Slam semifinal with her first career victory against a top-10 player, eliminating 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (2) at the French Open on Tuesday.

The 21st-seeded Errani entered the day having lost all 28 previous matches against players ranked in the WTA's top 10.

She got off to a good start by breaking 2011 U.S. Open semifinalist Kerber in the opening game. The second set included eight total breaks, including two by Errani when Kerber served for the set.

Playing in her 19th career major tournament, Errani beat two past French Open champions in her previous two matches: 2008's Ana Ivanovic and 2009's Svetlanta Kuznetsova.

Errani will play U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the semifinals.

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