Kerber reaches U.S. Open quarters, closes in on No.1 slot

Sun Sep 4, 2016 11:47pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber won a battle of grand slam champions when the second seed powered her way into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Sunday with a 6-3 7-5 win over Petra Kvitova.

By reaching the last eight Kerber has put herself in position to end Serena Williams' long reign as world number one.

Williams, bidding for a record seventh U.S. Open title, will now need to reach the final to have a chance of retaining top spot.

"When I was a kid, of course I was dreaming to winning slams and being one day number one," admitted Kerber. "Now it can happen.

"I'm trying to not put pressure on myself because I know I have to win few more matches to reach the number one.

"When it's happen it will be amazing feeling because that was also one of my dreams.

"But let's see what happens here in the next few days."

The fourth-round match had a grand slam pedigree to it with Kerber, the Australian Open champion, going against twice Wimbledon winner Kvitova, but it failed to deliver any major excitement.   Continued...

Sep 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a forehand against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic (not pictured) on day seven of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports