Top-ranked Ker­ber in WTA

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By San­dra Har­witt

SIN­GA­PORE >> Top-ranked An­gelique Ker­ber and sev­enth-seeded Do­minika Cibulkova will com­pete for the WTA Fi­nals ti­tle on Sun­day.

The top-seeded Ker­ber picked apart de­fend­ing cham­pion Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska’s game in a text­book 6-2, 6-1 semi­fi­nal drub­bing on Satur­day.

This is Ker­ber’s fourth trip to the WTA Fi­nals and the first time she’s ad­vanced beyond the round-robin stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s just amaz­ing to be here,” Ker­ber said. “It’s been an in­cred­i­ble 12 months. I’ve been re­ally work­ing to be­ing fo­cused, to be­ing calm and to be­ing just pos­i­tive on court and this is the big­gest im­prove­ment I’ve made.”

Slo­vakia’s Cibulkova rolled to the ground in cel­e­bra­tion af­ter tak­ing her de­but at the WTA Fi­nals all the way to the cham­pi­onship match with a 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Svet­lana Kuznetsova.

“I’m just so ex­cited,” said Cibulkova, af­ter win­ning in 2 hours, 27 min­utes. “This is my first time here, play­ing fi­nals now, and play­ing such a great match against Sveta.

“For me, it’s one of my dreams come true.”

Ker­ber leads Cibulkova 5-4 in ca­reer meet­ings, in­clud­ing Ker­ber’s tough 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3 win in their round-robin meet­ing.

“It’s a lit­tle bit weird to play against one op­po­nent twice in one tour­na­ment,” Ker­ber said. “This never hap­pened be­fore for me. She has noth­ing to lose, so I think it will be a good match and fi­nal from both of us.”

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