Kerber Squeaks By, Halep Tops Keys in WTA Final Openers; Monday Schedule

by Staff | October 23rd, 2016, 8:34 pm

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber was tested straight off the bat on the opening Sunday at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore as No. 7 seed Dominika Cibulkova stretched the German, who eventually prevailed 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3.
“I cannot say I was nervous, but maybe I was too excited maybe in the beginning,” said Kerber, who was a break down in the final set. “But after few games I just started to play my tennis.”

Cibulkova said the loss would not get her down as she still has hopes for the semifinals due to the round robin format.

“I think it was pretty good match,” she said. “I made few mistakes, few mistakes from the second serve and I missed two easy shots. It was really close. In this game, it’s all about small details. She was just bit more consistent in few games, and that’s what made her win today.”

In the other match on the day, No. 3 seed Simona Halep put down No. 6-seeded American Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4.

It was another example of Keys’ big hitting being inferior to the steadiness of a top-level opponent.

“I felt very well on court today,” Halep said after the match. “It was better that I knew her. I played few times this year. I won every time, so I had an advantage. But still I played a good tennis. I think I played exactly what I had to play against her. I was focused, everything went as I wanted, so I’m happy with the way that I played…Here [the court] was less [fast]. I could maneuver the game as I wanted. The ball is staying low here, so I think fits me. It’s good that I can be strong on my legs.”

Keys committed 41 unforced errors to 16 winners during the match.

“I just think having a match under my belt, there is a little bit less nerves going out next time and I can go and play with nothing to lose,” Keys said regarding moving forward.

Halep will next meet Kerber. Cibulkova will next face Keys. Both were matches in the Red Group, with two matches to be played on Monday in the White Group round robin.

Matches scheduled for Monday in Singapore are No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 4 Karolina Pliskova vs. No. 5 Garbine Muguruza.

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15 Comments for Kerber Squeaks By, Halep Tops Keys in WTA Final Openers; Monday Schedule

AndyMira Says:

Good win Angel..I like her so much not only for her amazing defense[to me,she’s the female version of Rafa or Andy or Novak] who chased the impossible ball and get it back to play]..but her SHHHHHHH on court is a BIG THUMBS UP for me..You don’t have to be a big grunter to be a champion..

Oh!like Aga so much as well,but then i also like Pliskova,Muguruza etc etc..oh much to like..Oh WTH!


Van Persie Says:

Wow. Sveta is on fire. Just took the 1 set against Aga.

Willow Says:

Well done Kuzy, really wish id seen this match, on the whole this SECs on the WTA looked to have had some really great matches, still wouldnt like to predict a winner from the whole 8 though ….

Willow Says:

WOW Good come back from Pliskova to win the match, when it looked like Mugaruza was going to take it ….

Willow Says:

Not getting any WTA matches where i am, please can i have some feedback from Jalep, Margot, RZ etc ? ….

AndyMira Says:

Good win Kuz!Considering that she’s still jet-lagged and tired from long journey..and be able to beat Aga…Just WOW!!

jalep Says:

Haven’t seen any matches today, Willow — it’s manic monday.

My girl Aga lost to jet-lagged Sveta in 3 sets. Not surprising, considering their h2h but it reminds me of the past 2 years. Aga won last year after being 0-2 in her group. Luck will be needed!

Berdych loses to Basilashvili! Dang, it’s not good – he keeps losing first round, poor Tomas. I don’t remember ever seeing Basilashvili.

After I get home, I’ll watch highlights and post something on Tenngrand WTA page. Maybe post here if it seems the right thing to do. ๐Ÿ˜„

Margot and Ed, both have the online TennisTV special going on – a good price for the last month of 2016 for everything WTA and ATP.
Here’s the link:

jalep Says:

This is the link I use to follow scores, Willow; and also check Singapore standings and schedule:
(there’s even a little arrow to click to see video highlights right now. Flashscore is awesome for all kinds of details on the fly).

White Group
1. Kuznetsova
2. Pliskova (must see what happened to Garbinie)
3. Radwanska
4. Muguruza

Red Group plays Tuesday. It’s Simona v Angie first match! Then Cibby vs Madison.

Willow Says:

Thanks Jalep ;-)) ….

jalep Says:

Here, look at this LOL
Nole rips his shirt, many smash racquets, but Kuzy whacked her ponytail during the match!

jalep Says:

Here’s WTA match highlights Aga v Sveta round one Singapore:

Three minutes hardly does the match justice, probably, but I can’t take watching her beat Aga! lol Good match tho.

Aga will face Garbine Wedsnesday, while Sveta takes on Karolina:

jalep Says:

It would be awesome if Kuznetsova somehow manages to win the YE Title
She’s never even been in the a year end SF in all her tries. Can’t help but think she see’s this as her best and perhaps last chance.

jalep Says:

Last one: Karolina v Garbine Three minute Highlights.

Both K and G could be dangerous to Kuznetsova but imo, it all depends on how well Kuz recovers and lasts. Kudos already to her strength and endurance!!

jalep Says:

OOP Tuesday, Red Group, Singapore.
1. Kerber vs Halep (wouldn’t know which one to pick) And I’ll be trying to wake up for this match! Halep leads h2h 4-3.

2. Cibulkova over Keys in 3 sets. Dominika is the mentally tougher, more resilient competitor even though Madison leads the h2h 3-0.

From, the Red Group SCENARIOS ๐Ÿฟ ๐Ÿฟ
Semifinal Qualification Scenarios:

1. Halep qualifies if she wins in straight sets (final standings position in Red Group to be determined).

2. If Keys and Halep win, Halep qualifies as Red Group winner and Cibulkova is eliminated. (Keys and Kerber would play for second place Thursday).

3. If Kerber and Cibulkova win, Kerber qualifies as Red Group winner and Keys is eliminated. (Cibulkova and Halep would play for second place Thursday).

4. Keys is eliminated if she loses in straight sets.

Margot Says:

Angie looking soo assured and gooood! Downs Simona in 2.
And Maddy has settled first match nerves and played brilliant tennis. Really like her, when on song she is such a clean striker of the ball. The sound of her racquet on the ball was simply awesome! Dominica just could not handle her serve or her forehand.
Angie will have her hands full when they play, no doubt.
Maddy is a future No 1 and surely wont be long before she wins a slam. Only 21.

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