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German Angelique Kerber will become the new women's singles World No.1 replacing long-standing incumbent American Serena Williams when updated rankings are released on Monday, September 12.

"Congratulations to Angelique on this remarkable accomplishment of becoming the WTA World No.1," said Women's Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon.

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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."

 

In the women's singles action at the 2016 US Open on Friday, Germany's Angelique Kerber, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, Italian seventh 7 seed Roberta Vinci, Britain's Johanna Konta and Czech Petra Kvitova all moved into the Round of 16 with comfortable victories.

World No.2 Kerber made quick work of American qualifier Catherine Bellis with a 6-1, 6-1 romp to book a place in the fourth round, where she'll play former No.2 Kvitova, who moved past Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-4.

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No.2 seeded Angelique Kerber started her US Open tennis campaign with a comfortable win against Polona Hercog, who retired from the match down 0-6, 0-1.

"To be honest, it's never the way I would like to finish the match, but I went out there to feel my rhythm and start the tournament well. I played the first set really good, so this is what I will take from this match, that I'm playing my tennis," Kerber said after the match here on Monday.

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The final four are set at Cincinnati with Spanish starlet Garbine Muguruza set to take on Czech rising star Karolina Pliskova and the no.2 and no.3 players in the world, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep set to battle it out in the second semi-final.

Reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the women's singles semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Hungarian qualifier Timea Babos. The fourth-seeded Spaniard did not drop her serve once and converted three of the nine break-point chances she created to take the match in just over an hour and a half.

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The final four have been decided in the women's singles tennis event at the Rio Olympics with world no.2 Angelique Kerber completing the prized quartet with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 demolition of Britain's Johanna Konta's in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Her opponent at the last four stage will be young American Madison Keys, who also cruised into the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina.

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German No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber and Romanian No. 5 seed Simona Halep advanced to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with victories over Russians Daria Kasatkina and Svetlana Kuznetsova, respectively.

On Friday, Australian Open Champion Kerber was completely dominant on her return of serve, breaking the 19-year-old Kasatkina's serve a whopping seven times in eight chances and more than making up for the three service breaks she suffered in a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

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