Lucie Safarova vs. Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Friday October 30, 2015, 11:05 AM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Lucie Safarova play Friday morning in the WTA Championships.
Angelique Kerber has split her first two matches of this tournament with a victory over Petra Kvitova and a loss to Garbine Muguruza. Kerber has played some really solid tennis this tournament but was simply a victim of terrific net play in her last match against Muguruza. Kerber still has to be very confident moving forward considering she’s won seven of her last 10 matches overall and is hitting the ball very well right now. Kerber has been tough to break recently and has kept her unforced errors down, which makes her a tough out even in her losses. Kerber has never made it out of the round robins in her previous two tries at the WTA Championships.
Lucie Safarova hasn’t even won a set this tournament with losses to Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova. That now marks six straight singles losses for Safarova and an early exit in her first WTA Finals. However, everything isn’t doom and gloom for Safarova, as she did take Muguruza to a second set tiebreak and led Kvitova for much of that match. Safarova just hasn’t been able to put her opponents away lately and now you have to question her motivation for this match. Also, fatigue has to be an issue for Safarova considering she’s still playing doubles in Singapore.
These two have split their previous two meetings. Safarova beat Kerber in last year’s match between Czech Rep and Germany, while Kerber beat Safarova in 2012 in Paris. Both matches between these two were decided in straight sets, and this will be the second time Keber and Safarova meet on hard court.
While Safarova has looked sharp at times, she’s done nothing in singles recently for anybody to pick her in this match. Keber is in far better form and is still playing for something in this tournament.
Kerber has to be the pick here.