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Stephens into Charleston tennis final as ill Kerber quits

AFP logoAFP 10-04-2016
Sloane Stephens of the United States plays in the Miami Open on March 24, 2016 © Provided by AFP Sloane Stephens of the United States plays in the Miami Open on March 24, 2016

American seventh seed Sloane Stephens reached the final of the Charleston clay court tournament on Saturday when Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber was forced to quit their semi-final.

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Top seed Kerber of Germany was understood to be suffering a viral illness before retiring at 6-1, 3-0 down.

Stephens, with titles in Auckland and Acapulco already in 2016, will face either Italian fifth seed Sara Errani or Russian qualifier Elena Vesnina in Sunday's final.

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"I wish Angie a speedy recovery, she's a great girl -- I'm happy to be in the final though," said Stephens.

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