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Kerber sets up Wozniacki showdown in US Open semi-finals

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Germany's Angelique Kerber powered to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci, advancing to the US Open women's singles semi-finals where she will take on former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

The 28-year-old German player took control over the proceedings on Tuesday in the second set, dominating Vinci with a strong baseline game and preventing the Italian from holding serve.

Vinci, the world bo.8, was unable to match her 2015 dream run at this year's US Open, having made the final last year, losing to compatriot Flavia Pennetta.

Last month, Kerber won the silver medal in singles at the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Losing to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig in the women's gold medal match. The German is enjoying a dream year, winning the 2016 Australian Open title, whilst also making the final at Wimbledon.

The German is on the verge of overtaking Serena Williams for the world no.1 ranking, and will look to continue her march towards the title here at Flushing Meadows, New York when she takes on two-time former runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals.

Denmark's Wozniacki was in irrepressible form on Tuesday, routing Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-0, 6-2 in the quarter-finals. In fairness to Sevastova, she was hampered for the best part of the contest by an ankle injury she picked up early in the contest.

A delighted Wozniacki shared after her win, "I think I was just extra focused, because I saw her fall in that second game. She stood up, and I knew if she can still walk and still put weight on it and stuff then she's going to go obviously more for her shots and stuff like that. But I thought, cool. I kept serving well and made her run. I'm pleased with how I managed to keep composed."