Angelique Kerber vs Madison Keys Preview – WTA Eastbourne 2014 Final

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A highly intriguing final is scheduled to take place at the Aegon International in Eastbourne between Angelique Kerber and Madison Keys. The two competitors are familiar with each other’s game, as they met on two previous occasions, the most recent of which took place in Sydney earlier this year. Kerber won both contests to set the head-to-head record to 2-0.

After overcoming a formidable opponent in Makarova in the quarter-final round, Germany’s Angelique Kerber added to her impressive streak with a victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-final round to set up her first final of the season. It was an impressive win from Kerber, who showed great resiliency to come back from a set down to defeat her Danish opponent 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3. It was a strong showing from both women, as Wozniacki showed great defence but Kerber was fantastic at the net and hit a total of 54 winners.

“I’m really happy about my game,” Kerber said. “Caroline is a tough opponent and I think we played tough match and a really high level. I enjoyed it out there and I’m happy to be in the final. I’m feeling very good on grass and I like the surface – it suits my game.”

American youngster Madison Keys reached the first WTA final of her career with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Heather Watson at the Aegon International. She controlled the majority of the match and overwhelmed the British No. 1 with her imposing return shots. She is now one win away from a perfect momentum for the Wimbledon Championships.

“I’m really excited to be into the final,” Keys said. “I definitely like grass. I think I was serving really well and had a couple of good return games and that was kind of the match!”

This marks the third time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Kerber leading the head-to-head series 2-0. Kerber won both those matches in straight sets but it was also on her preferred hard court surface. Keys has played some remarkable tennis this week and could be poised to produce a notable upset and win her first ever WTA title.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber in Three Sets

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