The second match on court in Istanbul on Friday was that between 5th seeded Petra Kvitova (Player Profile) and 8th seeded Angelique Kerber (Player Profile) in the Green Group. Both lefties fighting for a place in the semis – the last time a leftie got to the semis was when Martina Navratilova won her match at this stage in 1992 – Kvitova had a better record against this minority in the game than her opponent. The two were tied in their head to head stat, with the Czech having won in Tokyo this season, Kerber having won in Cincinnati and Rome last year and Kvitova having won in Stuttgart, also in 2012.
Kvitova served first and the first three games went with serve when the Czech broke to lead 3-1. Kerber then got a break back to trail 3-4 and held to level. Kvitova got to 5-4 with Kerber’s serve to come and again she levelled. Kvitova held but the German forced a breaker, which she won 7-3 to close the 49 minute set.
She started the second set with the momentum with her and held. Games went with serve until the 5th game when the Czech broke and, now with the momentum on her side of the net, went into a 5-2 lead and served out the set at 6-2. Kerber started the decider and the first two games went with serve. Kvitova then broke to lead 2-1 and held her lead until the 8th game when she broke again to lead 5-3 and then went on to serve out the set at 6-3 for a total time on court of two hours and seven minutes. Her place in the semis would be decided by the final match of the day.