From number 10 to 1, she deserved it.
World number 1, Angelique Kerber who was ranked number 10 in January before she won the Australian Open, swept aside her fierceful opponent, Simona Halep in a straight set victory. Kerber levelled the head-to-head to 4 all today. After the final deuce in the last game of the match, Kerber managed to head to Advantage. Halep returned a lob shot, which was called out. Kerber, challenged the match point. Also, she has been crowned the WTA Year End World number 1 today.
“I’m feeling very very good here and it’s always great to be here on center court and being back in Singapore. I really enjoy everyday here. First of all I want to say congrats to Simona, I think we played a great match, both of us, and she’s always a tough opponent, and I’m very happy to have won my second match here and it’s just great to be on court and playing one of my best tennis”
“I try, everytime I step on court, to give my best and try to win the matches and of course every match is tough here. Here are the best 8 players in the world and I’m really trying to focus on my game and enjoying every single match”, expalined Kerber, on being asked that she wanted a match as though against Cibulkova to sink her teeth in. With this, she has reserved her place in the semis. She is next to face Dominika Cibulkova, who went down to Madison Keys today, 6-1, 6-4. Keys played some beautiful shots today. She broke Cibulkova’s serve in the second game itself, letting her take only one game in the first set. In the second set, the Slovakian geared up levelled the game at 2-2. In the subsequent game, Keys took her service game, and then on Dominica’s serve, she played a double fault, and lost the serve, also netted a backhand, where Keys was standing at an advantage after the final deuce. At 4-3, Keys played some phenomenal forehands across the court and managed to take the game at her opponent’s serve. To advance, Dominika will have to defeat Angelique Kerber tomorrow.
“That was a little bit better than the 1R. Definitely, (I’m) very happy with how I turned the things around. When I’m playing the game, I think I did a lot of things lot better. I just really let myself to play good tennis” said Keys, on being asked about her change of performance from the previous match, in the press conference.
Next matches from the White group are as follows:
(4) Karolina Pliskova vs (8) Svetlana Kuznetsova
(2)Agnieszka Radwanska vs (5) Garbiñe Muguruza