Kerber Becomes Runner-up in Tokyo
- 30 September 2013
It was the first all-lefty final in the WTA Premier tournaments since Martina Navratilova faced Monica Seles in Paris in 1993. Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100) stood on the stage to meet No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Saturday, September 28th.
Angelique regained her performance and played very well to dominate her opponent by 6-0 in the second set, although the first set was captured by the Czech player. In the decider, Angelique showed spirited play to prevent her opponent from capitalizing on the match point three times. After coming back from 0-4 to 3-5, Angelique lost by a hair with a 2-6, 6-0, 3-6 score line. She thanked Japanese fans for their support during the tournament, “Disappointed but also happy for my achievement in this tournament. Working hard pays and I’m starting to be rewarded. A special thank you to Tokyo crowd and to you my followers. You gave me extra strength to go and fight harder,” according to her Facebook page.
Angelique played her second WTA final of the year in Tokyo, and was also the runner-up following the event in Monterrey in April. This week, she competes at the China Open in Beijing, aiming for further achievement there.
In the ATP Tour, the world tenth-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka (VCORE Tour 97) became the semifinalist at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur defeating No. 6 seed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia with a comeback victory, 2-6 6-3 7-6(3), en route. He earned valuable points last week as he bids to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time. Stan also left for Beijing to fight at the China Open this week.
Following the Toray Pan Pacific Open, another international tennis tournament in Japan, Rakuten Japan Open, kicks off today. Argentina’s Juan Monaco (VCORE Xi 98) entered the tournament and are going to play today’s opener against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.
*Stan’s picture was taken at the US Open 2013.