Angelique Kerber stayed hot in the finals this year winning her fourth title in as many months beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to win her first Stanford title.
Kerber, who lost to Serena Williams in the 2014 final, ties Serena for the most titles this season on the WTA with four.
“I want to say well done to Karolina for a great week,” Kerber said. “We always have tough battles when we play each other – you’re a great tennis player and a great person, and I wish you all the best in Toronto next week. And actually I think we’ll have more finals against each other in the future!”
Kerber also beat Pliskova in a tight Birmingham final in June. The big-serving Pliskova entered her first Stanford having not dropped a set. The 23-year-old has played in a WTA-high five finals this season, but she’s just 1-4.
“I would first of all like to congratulate Angie,” Pliskova said.
“She’s a really great player. I actually just told her that I don’t want to play her anymore in finals – she’s 2-0 against me in finals now, so hopefully the next time I can play against somebody else!”
Kerber’s four titles this year have come on four different surfaces (Charleston – green clay, Stuttgart – red clay, Birmingham – grass, Stanford – hard). She is the first German since Bettina Bunge in 1983 to win in Stanford.
The result moves Plikova into the Top 10 for a first time at No. 8.
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