6th seeded Angelique Kerber made her way to the final of the Qatar Total Open being played in Doha this week by taking out the 5th seed Jelena Jankovic in straight sets the first semi final on Saturday evening. The German had a bye in the first round followed by three straight sets wins, winning her quarter final match with the loss of just one game. The Serb, now back at number 8 in the world, also had a bye in the first round, and then lost just nine games in her next three rounds to reach the semis. The head to head tally between these two players going into this match was one all and their closeness in the rankings made this look, on paper, like a great match fitting of a semi final in a prestigious Premier Level event.
Kerber was quick off the mark in the first set, racing to 6-1 with some fine power tennis, totally overpowering her opponent. The second set was a much closer affair, with both players using the entire court and showing a spectacular array of precision rallies which had both girls running from side to side to win each point. The set eventually went to a breaker and Jankovic took a 4-2 lead before the German rallied to draw level until at 6-6 the Serb sent a wayward shot out of court. Kerber won the match with a lucky net cord when the ball dropped and died, leaving the Serb stranded.