TOKYO, Japan - In the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open last year, Agnieszka Radwanska put on a crushing display - 20 winners, 4 unforced errors - to beat Angelique Kerber in 59 minutes. But that was certainly not the result this year, as Kerber battled past Radwanska in the quarterfinals.
The No.6-seeded Kerber held nine of her 10 service games and broke the No.2-seeded Radwanska three times en route to a 64 64 victory in 73 minutes - not exact revenge, but she exacted revenge.
"It's never easy to play against a very good friend, but I was just trying to focus on me," Kerber said. "I think I concentrated really well from the first point to the last one. I think my serve worked very well tonight and I think that was the key to the match. I'm actually feeling very good here in Tokyo.
"My game plan worked very well and I'm just happy to be in the semifinals here for the second time."
"She started off really strong - she was really aggressive and went for it, and most things were going in," Wozniacki said. "But as the match progressed I felt I was returning better, and I was getting a few more balls into the court. I was pushing her around a little bit more in the second and third sets."
With Radwanska out, Wozniacki is the only former Toray Pan Pacific Open champion in the final four this year - in fact none of the other players remaining have even made the final of the Premier event.
"I'm feeling good. I like to play here," Wozniacki, who won this title in 2010, said. "I like the courts here - they're fast, and they suit my game. I feel like I've been playing well and taking advantage of the pace on my serve - obviously it makes life a little bit easier out there when you start off the point well."
"I'm feeling very confident after winning the last three matches I've played here, so now I think I have nothing to lose tomorrow and I'll just go out there, try my best, and see what happens," Kerber said.
"I'm playing another good friend, which is never easy," the German added. "I need to focus on my game, keep improving and execute my game plan from the first point. I can't think about my opponent.
"Caroline moves very well and for sure it won't be easy. We've had some long matches in the past."