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Kerber Claims Third Career WTA Title in Linz

15 October 2013

Two YONEX players, Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100) and Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98), met at the Generali Ladies Linz final last week. Top seeded Angelique captured her first title of the year, and her third career win in the WTA Tour.

It was a thrilling first set, with a lot of turnarounds from both sides. Angelique played very well with her powerful ground strokes, and took the initiative with a 4-1 lead, but third seeded Ana showed decisive net plays with her clever volley skills to equalize the score, 4-4. In the rollercoaster opening set, Angelique put more pressure against Ana to create more break chances, and captured the set capitalizing on three of nine break points.

The world No. 10 German was also steady in the next set. Although Ana displayed great fighting spirit saving triple match points in the tenth game, Angelique finally overcame the Serbian player after the tiebreak to claim the title.

Angelique expressed her delight after the match, “I was just trying to stay aggressive in the important moments and I think that was the biggest key to victory at the end. I'm really happy to win my first WTA tournament of the year here,” according to the WTA website.

Following her achievement in Linz, Angelique secured the eighth and final spot at next week’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul.

*Players’ pictures were taken at the Toray PPO 2013.