Singapore stunner – Bertens outlasts Kerber

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Angelique Kerber was stunned by No. 8 seed Kiki Bertens in the final opening match of the WTA Finals Singapore after seven breaks in the deciding set.

Dutch Bertens came from a set and a break down to stun Wimbledon champion Kerber 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 . The match lasted just over two hours. In the decider, Kerber was broken four times. Simultaneously Bertens overcame three breaks. “I’m really happy to get the win here today. It was a slow start but I was really happy to turn around this match.” commented Bertens on-court.

Dutch World No. 9 fought hard to earn this comeback. Angelique Kerber won the first set in just about 30 minutes with her momentum continuing early in the second set. At 6-1, 2-0 lead for the German, Bertens secured her first break and drew level at 2-2.

Each of the two players broke six times in the match. Bertens overcame 12 double faults on her own delivery. In the deciding set World No. 9 found a way out of a 0-40 position. Afterwards she completed a streak of seven straight sets. In the end Bertens sealed her victory with a forehand winner.

Another key point is that for the first time in history all four lower seeds won their opening games. Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova recorded victories in the first matches of the WTA Finals in Singapore.