Azarenka pulls out against Kerber in Tokyo, Radwanska beats Wozniacki

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Top seed Victoria Azarenka pulled out of her quarterfinal encounter against Angelique Kerber at the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2012 in Tokyo.

World no.1 Azarenka, who had complained about feeling a bit dizzy during her 6-4  6-2 victory against Italy’s Vinci in the previous round, decided to retire from today’s match against the German.

The Belarusian explained her withdrawal: “I had low energy and I wasn’t myself. It wasn’t possible today. Maybe it was tiredness from the whole season. It’s a little bit unknown what it is.”

Kerber will now play Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland for a place in the final.

Radwanska overcame last week’s Korea Open winner Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets 6-4  6-3 in a match that lasted 1 hour a 36 minutes. The Tokyo crowd saw some very consistent hitting from both players and even the stats suggest that the encounter was a lot tighter than the scoreline shows. Both Radwanska and Wozniacki had a very similar first serve percetage (73% to 70%), with the Polish player hitting 20 winners and 28 unforced errors, whereas the Dane produced 19 winners and commited 33 unforced errors. The key stat of the match turned out to be the break points conversion, where Radwanska managed to convert 5 out of 10 break point opportunities, whilst Wozniacki took her opponent’s serve only twice out of seven chances.

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