Saturday, 30 June 2018

Wozniacki d Kerber - in Eastbourne final again

After two scintillating sets of tennis - some of the best  you would see on a grass court, Angie Kerber (4) and Caroline Wozniacki (1) were a set all in the second semi final at Eastbourne.

Kerber had match point at 6-5, after winning the opening set 6-2 and fighting back from 1-4 in set two, but Wozniacki went on a tear, winning the next seven points to break serve, win the set and go ahead 4-0 in the tie break.

Kerber steadied for 2-4, but a brilliant touch backhand from Wozniacki saw her two points from the set.

A drop shot worked this time for Kerber and 5-3 Wozniacki.  A backhand hit long by the German presented Wozniacki with three set points.

One saved with a stunning forehand down the line. The second did the trick - a delicious off forehand return off a second serve and sets were one apiece.  Kerber 6-2 6-7(4)

Winners from both sides assisted Kerber to hold serve 1-0.  

A backhand pass from Wozniacki had her on track to hold, but errors halted her momentum and a break point came Kerber’s way. An ace saved it.  A backhand winner and game point.  A big serve and big hold for 1-1.

Four errors - three Danish and one German - led Kerber to 40-15.  A double fault and Wozniacki luck with a net cord, and it was deuce.

Kerber forced a forehand mistake to create another game point.  She held for 2-1.

A German forehand put away at the net, plus a Danish mistake, helped Kerber to 30-30 on the Wozniacki serve, but the top seed held firm and 2-2.

A Wozniacki backhand winner and an exchange of errors, more by Kerber, set up two break points for Caroline.  A double fault sealed the break and Wozniacki led 3-2, now with the clear momentum.

An ace for 15-0.  A Kerber backhand winner and Wozniacki error 15-30.

Return long 30-30. Game point after a wide backhand.  Return netted and Wozniacki led 4-2.

A quick service hold, a love game in fact, by Kerber and it kept her in touch at 3-4.

A netted shot from Wozniacki and a winning forehand by Kerber 0-30.

Germany found the net, then hit wide to make it 30-30. A drop shot/lob combo set up break point for Kerber. Saved with a cool Wozniacki drop shot.  Game point with the pace of Wozniacki to reach another Kerber drop shot.  Excellent work at the net by Caroline this time as Angie tried the lob once more.

Service held for 5-3.

A second straight love game from Angie, but at 5-4 Wozniacki would serve for a place in the final.

A Kerber down the line winner ended a top rally 0-15.  An ace for 15-15. The net for Wozniacki and 15-30.  A Danish off forehand winner 30-30.  Forehand stunner from Angie and a break back chance.  Caroline saved it behind a big serve and quality follow up.

Match point as Angie found the net.  Backhand winner did it.

Caroline Wozniacki won a terrific match 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4 and will play Aryna Sabalenka in the final.

She will be hoping to go one better than last year when she lost to Karolina Pliskova in that final

Both Caroline and Angie look in fine shape for Wimbledon next week.

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