Kerber Fights Back To See Off Wozniacki
Published June 20, 2014 12:14
Two years ago, Kerber experienced final heartbreak in Eastbourne, holding five match points only to be denied by an inspired Tamira Paszek. She has looked like a woman on a mission on her return, saving match points herself during a second round win over Alizé Cornet and then brushing aside former champion Ekaterina Makarova for the loss of just three games in the quarterfinals.
The Turning Point
Wozniacki started the semifinal brightly, carving out three early opportunities to break before eventually getting her nose in front a few games later. This proved to be the difference in the opening set and when the Dane moved 2-0 ahead in the second, Kerber's hopes looked to be fading fast.
However, Kerber came back magnificently, pushing Wozniacki onto the back foot and deservedly got back on level terms. Kerber continued to dominate the majority of the exchanges and leveled the match up by taking the final five points of the tie-break. There was no respite for Wozniacki in the decider, the German running her ragged, wrapping up a 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 victory with a backhand winner.
By The Numbers
Despite Wozniacki's steadfast defense, Kerber's positive approach was rewarded with 54 winners and an impressive record at the net where she won 14 of 18 points.
"I'm really happy about my game," Kerber said. "Caroline is a tough opponent and I think we played tough match and a really high level. I enjoyed it out there and I'm happy to be in the final. I'm feeling very good on grass and I like the surface - it suits my game."
Kerber will face final debutante Madison Keys for the title. The two have met twice before, Kerber triumphing in straight sets at the Australian Open in 2013 and in Sydney earlier this year.