Both Kerber and Pavlyuchenkova will be contesting their third semifinal of 2017.
The winner will make her first final at Premier level or above this year; Kerber is looking to make her 27th career final, and Pavlyuchenkova her 16th (of which four have been at Premier level).
In Seoul, both Beatriz Haddad Maia and Richel Hogenkamp are making their debut in a WTA semifinal - and will face each other for a maiden final appearance.
In their only previous meeting, in the first round of the ITF ,000 tournament in Caserta in 2013, a 16-year-old Haddad Maia won 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 - and went on to reach her first final at that level, losing to Renata Voracova.
Date: April 25 (Wednesday morning) Masterpoints: 81.8% sectional-rated black Overall Awards: 1st, 20; depth of awards, 10 places District Winners: 1st, 10; depth of awards, 5 places Winners recognized on website and in the Bridge Bulletin Hand records and analyses provided electronically.
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Charity Games cannot be held during the months of January, May and September.
The final of the Guangzhou International Women's Open will be the first encounter between Zhang Shuai and Aleksandra Krunic.
Zhang's only previous WTA final was also in Guangzhou in 2013, when she beat Vania King 7-6(1), 6-1 to win her maiden title; until this week, she had not reached a WTA semifinal since last year's Zhuhai Elite Trophy.
Kumkhum, best known for upsetting Petra Kvitova in the first round of the 2014 Australian Open, has compiled a 17-1 record since Wimbledon including two ITF ,000 titles; in addition, she also won the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, having opted to play there instead of the US Open.
A win over Ostapenko would mark her third career Top 50 win - in addition to the Kvitova victory, the Thai beat No.32 Madison Keys via retirement in the 2014 Osaka quarterfinals.