The second match on Thursday night in Istanbul was that between 5rd seeded Aga Radwanska (Player Profile) and 8th seeded Angelique Kerber (Player Profile) in the Green Group. Although Radwanska hs not played badly, she lost her first two matches and is out of the running to qualify for the semis, as she lost her first match to Petra Kvitova on Day 1 and Serena Williams on Day 2. Kerber lost her opening match against Williams in her only match to date. The Pole led the head to head stat 5-3 but these two players met in the quarters in both Tokyo and Beijing recently, with one win apiece.
Radwanska started the match but Kerber broke immediately and went 2-0 up before Radwanska got herself a game. The next two games went with serve before the German took the next three games and the first set at 6-2.
Kerber got off to a brillant start in set two as well, breaking her opponent immediately. She then held her serve before the Pole got on the scoreboard. Kerber was on a roll with everything going to her plan and, with Radwanska just not up to the task, took the next three games to lead 5-1. Serving to stay in the match, the Pole got to 40-15 with a handy ace thrown in before she held her serve to trail 2-5. This minor setback fired up Kerber even more and she wrapped up the set at 6-2 for a total time on court of just 58 minutes. She now has one win and one loss, to Radwanska’s three losses.