It has been quite a return to form for Kerber in Australia this year. AFP / WILLIAM WEST
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A revitalized Angelique Kerber stands as a huge roadblock to the maiden Grand Slam hopes of world No. 1 Simona Halep and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open women's semifinals at Rod Laver Arena Thursday. Halep dropped only five games in her last eight clash against Karolina Pliskova Wednesday to set up a meeting against Kerber, who swept away Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2 to continue her stellar run in 2018 .Wozniacki, whose last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the 2016 U.S. Open, beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-2 in her quarterfinal to remain on course for her first major title.Kerber, who turned 30 last week, enjoyed a bumper 2016, winning the Australian and U.S. Opens, picking up an Olympic silver medal and becoming the first German No. 1 since Steffi Graf.
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