Saturday, October 29, 2016

2016 WTA TOUR FINALS: Kerber Beats Radwanska, Cibulkova Outlasts Kuznetsova

The semifinals of the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore took place earlier today and Angelique Kerber defeated defending champion Agnieska Radwanska in straight sets, while Dominika Cibulkova won another epic three-set match, this time against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kerber beat Radwanska 6-2 6-1 to remain undefeated in the final tournament of the year, winning her 4th match in a row. The clash between Cibulkova and Kuznetsova was much more dramatic, ending in a 1-6 7-6(2) 6-4 scoreline after 2 hours and 27 minutes.

The Cibulkova and Kerber will face off in the WTA Tour Finals Final tomorrow. (Last year it was Radwanska and Petra Kvitova.) Interestingly, due to the unusual round-robin format of the tournament, the two have already played this week, with Kerber coming back to win in 3 sets. (That match featured the best set of tennis I saw all week, which Kerber won in a tiebreak.) The German lefty has now won the last five meetings with Cibulkova and leads their head-to-head 5-4. Kerber is starting to demonstrate why she is the #1 player in the world and the newfound confidence this gives her in big matches makes her a formidable opponent.

MadProfessah's prediction: Kerber.

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