>> Saturday, April 14, 2012
The top two seeds reached the singles finals at the 2012 E-Boks Open final in Copenhagen, Denmark. World #6 and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki extended her winning streak at her home tournament by winning her fourteenth match against Petra Martic in the semifinals. She is now 14-0 at the tournament where she won the first two editions in 2010 and 2011. Wozniacki will be facing surging German and second-seeded Angelique Kerber. Kerber overwhelmed former world #1 Jelena Jankovic and will now compete for her second WTA title on Sunday. Kerber won her first title this season in Paris two months ago. Watch the Wozniacki vs Kerber final Live at the eBoks Open final in Copenhagen, Denmark here.
Wozniacki won all her four matches this week in straight sets. She started shakily against Urszula RADWANSKA of Poland 76(4) 62 in the first round. She beat Pauline PARMENTIER of France 62 61 in the second round. She had a dominant 60 63 victory over Alize CORNET of France in the quarterfinals. She beat Martic 63 62 in the semifinals where she broke serve four times and hit five aces en route to her fourth straight set victory. The unseeded Martic has now fallen to a 0-7 record against Top 10 players.
Wozniacki quote: "Petra played quite well. She's a very good player... I was just able to play better today. I felt I was able to control the points throughout the match. I also put more pressure on her by not giving away any easy points... It's always nice to win at home but I don't think about it too much... I don't think it's easy for me here, because there are a lot of good players. I just seem to play very consistently here, which is when I'm dangerous."
In contrast, Kerber reached the finals by scoring three consecutive three-set victories before dominating her semifinal. She beat Stephanie FORETZ GACON of France 46 62 75 in the first round. She also lost the first set in her second round match against Anne KEOTHAVONG of Great Britain 46 63 63. In a challenging quarterfinal, Kerber lost the second set to love before rebounding to beat compatriot and sixth-seeded Mona Barthel 62 06 75. It was in the semifinals where in fine form, she completely overwhelmed world #17 Jankovic in a 62 61 win.
Kerber quote: "First of all, Jelena is an amazing player. I was surprised I was able to win that comfortably.. I've been getting more used to this surface, which helped a lot. I was very focused and tried to keep myself in every point... I have gained a lot of confidence with today's win and I´m looking forward to the final against Caroline... It will be tough both physically and mentally, as we know each other very well."
In the final, Wozniacki will be playing a top 20 player for the first time since she started playing the Copenhagen tennis tournament. In all her 14 wins, her highest opponent was ranked #38. Kerber is in fine form and having the best start to a season this year. She has beaten 3 top 10 opponents in world #2 Maria Sharapova and Marion Bartoli in her Paris win. She downed Li Na in Indian Wells going all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion and world #1 Victoria Azarenka.
Kerber will need all the boost she can get as she goes to the finals knowing she has lost all three previous meetings against Wozniacki. The last meeting was right here in Copenhagen in last year's second round match when Kerber was ranked only #76 and Wozniacki was the world #1. Wozniacki won in straight sets 76(4) 63 but Kerber did hold set points in the first set. Wozniacki will be fully motivated too as she plays before her home crowd and is also aiming for her first title this season. The winner will receive $37,000 in prize money earnings and 280 ranking points. The losing finalist will win $19,000 in prize money earnings and 200 ranking points. Watch the Wozniacki vs Kerber final Live at the eBoks Open final in Copenhagen, Denmark at TennisTv.com