Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki are scheduled to meet in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Sunday afternoon in Tokyo. This marks the seventh time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ivanovic leading the head-to-head series 4-2.
Caroline Wozniacki booked her spot in the Tokyo final with a three set victory over her Australian Open vanquisher Garbine Muguruza. The second seed hit 6 aces, served at 69% of her first service points and saved 19 of 23 break points she faced on serve to close out the contest 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in a total of 2 hours and 33 minutes.
The stats emphasize who tight the match-up actually was, as each competitor won an even 50% of the total points played, as well as 55% of their respective service points. The differences came in the small numbers, as Wozniacki managed one more break point than the Spaniard and won 2% more of the 1st return points won.
The first set was a convoluted affair from both athletes, as the rain trickled in an interrupted their match early on. The two continued to break each other’s serve until 5-5, where Ivanovic finally held serve and broke Kerber to snatch the opener 7-5. The Serb furthered her lead in the second set when she jumped to a 4-1 lead before striking an incredible cross court forehand winner to close out the set 6-3
This marks the seventh time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Ivanovic leading the series 4-2. Ivanovic won their most recent contest, earlier this season in Monterrey, giving her the 3-2 lead in hard court meetings. It will be interesting to see how she handles the role of the favouritein Tokyo.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets