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) took to the stage against No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Saturday, September 28th.
Angelique regained her performance and played very well; dominating over her opponent by 6-0 in the second set, despite the first set being captured by the Czech player. In the decider, Angelique exhibited spirited play, and kept her opponent from taking the match point three times. After coming back from 0-4 to 3-5, Angelique lost by a hair with at 2-6, 6-0, 3-6. She thanked her 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,” she said according to her Facebook page.
Angelique played her second WTA final of the year in Tokyo, and was also the runner-up following April’s event in Monterrey. This week, she competes at the China Open in Beijing, aiming for further achievements there
In the ATP Tour, world No.10 Stanislas Wawrinka (VCORE Tour 97) was 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 is bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time. Stan also left for Beijing to compete at the China Open this week.
Following the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Rakuten Japan Open—another international tennis tournament in Japan –kicks off today. Argentina’s Juan Monaco (VCORE Xi 98) entered the tournament and is going to play in today’s opener against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.
*Stan’s picture was taken at the US Open 2013.