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Kerber faces Kvitova in semifinals in Stuttgart

  • Germany's Angelique Kerber returns a shot to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 22, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

    Germany's Angelique Kerber returns a shot to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 22, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Germany's Angelique Kerber returns a shot to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 22, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

    Germany's Angelique Kerber returns a shot to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 22, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic returns the ball toGarbine Muguruza from Spain during the quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 22, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

    Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic returns the ball toGarbine Muguruza from Spain during the quarterfinal match at the WTA¬†tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 22, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Defending champion Angelique Kerber will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.

The second-seeded Kerber easily overcame seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-4 in Friday's quarterfinals, needing just 29 minutes to win the first set and 72 minutes overall.

The German says "I tried to be aggressive from the start, I think it worked very well."

Fifth-seeded Kvitova had a tougher task defeating third-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.