WTA Finals RR: (6) Angelique Kerber vs (8) Lucie Safarova
The final group stage match from Singapore will take place on Friday night when Angelique Kerber comes up against Lucie Safarova. The German is in prime position to reach the semi-final stage, her fate is in her own hands. If Garbine Muguruza defeats Petra Kvitova earlier in the day, Angie will advance with a victory over Safarova. If Kvitova wins, things get much more complicated.
Angelique Kerber started the week with an impressive 6-2 7-6 victory over Petra Kvitova. Angie was at her counter-punching best, extracting enough errors from Kvitova’s racquet to claim a critical victory. The German couldn’t maintain her winning form on Wednesday, suffering a 4-6 4-6 loss to Garbine Muguruza, her 4th consecutive loss to the Spaniard. Angie was simply overpowered, once again.
Little was expected of Lucie Safarova in Singapore, despite losing her first 2 matches in straight sets she has performed reasonably well. Lucie started the week with a 3-6 6-7 loss to Garbine Muguruza before slumping to an 8th consecutive defeat to Petra Kvitova with a 5-7 5-7 loss. Lucie can no longer qualify for the semi-finals, so she will enter her final group stage match with nothing to lose.
The head-to-head record between Angie and Lucie is split at 1 win apiece. Lucie won their most recent encounter 6-4 6-4 in the FED Cup final last year. Angie’s victory came on the carpet courts in Paris back in 2012, a 6-2 7-6 win.
Angelique Kerber enters this match with form on her side, the German has everything to play for. Conversely, Safarova hasn’t won a match since New Haven and has nothing to play for but pride. This looks like a formula for a Kerber victory.