The final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open was played in Tokyo on Saturday afternoon in perfect tennis conditions – cool at 22° with a light wind and very cloudy. Playing for the title and trophy were 5th seeded Angelique Kerber (Bio) and 7th seeded Petra Kvitova (Bio). In the semis on Friday, Kerber defeated 4th seed Caroline Wozniacki in two very tight sets, while Kvitova took out Venus Williams after dropping the first set. Going into the final the German led the head to head 2-1, with all these matches having been played in the 2012 season and with Kerber having won the last two – one on a clay court and one on a hard court.
This was a strange final considering the experience of both players. Kvitova took the first set relatively easily at 6-2, mainly because she won 100% of her break point won and saved opportunities and her vastly superior second serve and second serve return stats. Kerber turned the tables in the second set to take it to love, with far better serving stats than her opponent who characteristically lost her concentration and found it difficult to keep the ball in court. The decider was less lopsided, with The Czech again finding her form when it mattered most, taking the set at 6-3 to wrap up the match in an hour and forty minutes – and walk away with a cheque for $426,000 and 900 ranking points.
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