Top-seeded Ker­ber toils in win vs Cibulkova at WTA Fi­nals

Malta Independent - - SPORT / CLASSIFIEDS -

Top-seeded An­gelique Ker­ber strug­gled to de­feat sev­enth­seeded Do­minika Cibulkova 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3 on the open­ing day of the WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore on Sun­day.

Ker­ber, who se­cured the top rank­ing last month, bat­tled Cibulkova for 2 hours, 17 min­utes be­fore the Slo­vakian fi­nally suc­cumbed.

“It was a re­ally good match from both of us, es­pe­cially the first set,” Ker­ber said. “It’s a good start to the tour­na­ment like this, where you knew you had to play your best to win.”

Ear­lier on Sun­day, third-seeded Si­mona Halep won the first match of the round-robin por­tion of the tour­na­ment by tak­ing a 6-2, 6-4 de­ci­sion over sixth-seeded Amer­i­can Madi­son Keys.

In Red Group ac­tion, Ker­ber and Halep stand at 1-0, while Keys and Cibulkova are at 0-1.

To­day, Ker­ber will play Halep, while Cibulkova and Keys, both mak­ing their WTA Fi­nals debut, will play each other.

Ker­ber posted 29 win­ners and 32 un­forced er­rors to 36 win­ners and 34 un­forced er­rors for Cibulkova.

It’s been a stel­lar sea­son for Ker­ber, who won her first two Grand Slam ti­tles at the Aus­tralian and US Opens, and also brought home the Olympic sil­ver medal from Rio.

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