The defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska put on a spectacular performance to overcome German Angelique Kerber in today’s Pan Pacific Open 2012 semifinals in Tokyo, dismissing her in just 59 minutes with a 6-1 6-1 victory.
Before going into the match, Radwanska was leading the head to head against Kerber with 3-2, having beaten her at this year’s Wimbledon Championships also in straight sets.
Kerber had the first opportunity to break her opponent in the very first game, but failed to covert it and subsequently dropped her own serve to go 0-2 down. Despite clawing the break back, Radwanska stepped up a gear and stormed to take the next four games and a lead in the match.
A love service game for the German marked the start of the second set. Unfortunately for her, this turned out to be the last time she would get on the scoreboard and after Radwanska holding her own serve while breaking her opponent three times, she sailed to a very comfortable victory and will play Russian Nadia Petrova in tomorrow’s final.
Although the score looks very one sided, Kerber was a worthy contender who produced 28 winners to 32 unforced errors. On the other side, Radwanska fired 20 winners and commited only 4 UE.