Germany's Angelique Kerber hits a return against Croatia's Donna Vekic during their women's singles second round match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2018. (AFP / Paul Crock)
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Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday Thursday by setting up a mouth-watering clash between the only two former Australian Open champions left in the draw.The 21st seed, champion here two years ago, will face 2008 winner Maria Sharapova in Saturday's glamour clash after beating Croat Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 10 minutes.Kerber had a standout 2016 when she won in Australia, beating Serena Williams in the final, to become the first German since Steffi Graf in 1999 to claim a Grand Slam.
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