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Kerber Edges Wozniacki to Reach First Final in Tokyo

28 September 2013

Following the big victory against No.2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals, Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100) got over No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the close semifinal match on Friday, September 27th.

The No. 5 seed German concentrated on playing steadily to overcome the pressure from her opponent after she caught-up in the first set. Angie managed to close the set after surviving an approach from the Danish player from 1-5 to 4-5. The second set was also very tough for both players, as they played a lot of hard rallies in every game. Angelique was lead side to side by Caroline’s aggressive attacks and gave away the 2-4 lead. However, she maintained her calm, making it through tough situations, and broke back with good endurance. After a thrilling tiebreak, Angelique finally defeated the 2010 winner in their 100-minute battle with a 6-4, 7-6(5) score line. In the interview after the match, she said, “The match was very close, and it’s always tough to play a very close friend, but I’ve been playing very well this whole week and I’m really happy to be in the finals here for the first time,” according to the WTA website.

Angelique is ready for her seventh career final and faces No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova on Saturday, aiming for her fist title this year.