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Pliskova, Kerber reach quarterfinals at Eastbourne

Britain Birmingham Classic Tennis

Kristyna Pliskova returns the ball to Karolina Pliskova during the grass-court Birmingham Classic tennis tournament, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham, England. (Zac Goodwin/PA via AP)

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EASTBOURNE, England -- Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber will meet Simona Halep in the quarterfinals at Eastbourne after they won their third-round matches Wednesday.

Seeded fourth, Kerber beat Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 7-6 (4), 6-0 and now has a 5-1 record on grass this season ahead of next week’s Wimbledon. The 31-year-old German reached the Eastbourne final in 2012 and 2014, losing both times.

Halep came through a tough third-round match against Polona Hercog 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. The Romanian player faced three break points and lost them all, but managed to break Hercog six times.

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova hit 24 winners in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Elise Mertens. That set up a quarterfinal against Ekaterina Alexandrova, who progressed when her opponent Jelena Ostapenko retired with a hip injury at 3-6, 1-2 down.

Britain’s Johanna Konta lost 6-3, 6-2 to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who will face Alize Cornet in the last eight.

In the men’s draw, top-seeded Guido Pella lost to Taylor Fritz 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, while second-seeded Laslo Djere was defeated 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) by qualifier Thomas Fabbiano. Sam Querrey beat fourth-seeded Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-3.