Veteran Flavia Pennetta into first Australian Open quarter-final

Flavia Pennetta registered a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over Angelique Kerber in one hour 52 minutes.

updated: January 19, 2014 10:00 IST
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Melbourne: Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta battled into her first-ever Australian Open quarter-final on Sunday by blasting ninth-seeded German Angelique Kerber off court in three sets.

The 31-year-old set up a last-eight clash against either Chinese fourth seed Li Na or Russian 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova with a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win in one hour 52 minutes.

It was the first set the Italian has dropped in her four matches so far, and she reaches the last eight at Melbourne Park for the first time since making her tournament debut in 2003.

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