Wuhan QF: (6) Angelique Kerber vs CoCo Vandeweghe
The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Wuhan Open sees Angelique Kerber come up against CoCo Vandeweghe. Angelique Kerber is now very close to securing her spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore whilst CoCo Vandeweghe has finally found the form which saw her reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon a couple of months ago. This will be an interesting match between the big serving, powerful American and the strong, counterpunching German.
Ever since claiming back-to-back titles in Charleston and Stuttgart, Angelique Kerber has been one of the most consistent performers on tour. Angie has continued her consistent from to start the Asian swing, reaching the quarter-final stage in Tokyo and now in Wuhan. As a result, Angie is now well positioned to reach the WTA Finals in Singapore, the German is now ranked 7th in the live race and should be considered one of the favourites to perhaps go all the way and claim the title this week at the Wuhan Open.
Angelique Kerber received a bye into the second round where she defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-4 2-6 6-2. The German played some outstanding tennis in the final set of her match against Jankovic and carried that form into her 6-2 6-4 third round win over Camila Giorgi. Angie played an extremely solid match, playing smart tennis by committing just 9 unforced errors and forcing Giorgi to eventually go for too much.
CoCo Vandeweghe has come through extremely tight matches to reach the quarter-final stage in Wuhan. The American has recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since her run to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon earlier this year. Vandeweghe defeated Lesia Tsurenko in three topsy-turvy sets in the first round before saving two match points to defeat Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-7 7-6. The American booked her spot in the quarter-finals with another deciding set tiebreak victory, coming from a set down to defeat Barbora Strycova 3-6 6-2 7-6.
Angelique Kerber won the only previous encounter between the pair in Stanford last year, a 7-6 0-6 6-2 victory. As that match showed, Vandeweghe does have the ability to get on top of Kerber, but her ability to sustain a high enough level for long enough to hit past the German is very questionable. Angie will enter this match knowing how important it is for her chances of reaching Singapore, the determined German will ultimately be too solid for the American.