Serena Williams got her first group match win at the WTA Championships 2012 as she defeated Angelique Kerber in straight sets 6-4 6-1.
Kerber is one of the four players who managed to defeat Serena this year after she eliminated her in the Cincinnati QFs in straight sets. The German also had a positive 1-1 head to head record against Williams going into today’s match.
The American Olympic and US Open 2012 champion stormed to a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the first set, with Kerber being visibly stressed a bit and missing some easy looking shots. However, the German found her rhythm as she averted a double break disaster in game 4, subsequently breaking Serena and consolidating the break to level the score at 3-3. The crucial moment of the set came in game 10 when Kerber was serving to stay in it. Despite managing to avert one break point, Serena’s constant pressure paid off for the American as she broke her opponent once more to take a lead in the match. Williams also had an amazing stat to be proud of: after winning the first set in her matches in 2012, her win – loss record stood at 49-1.
The Istanbul crowd saw a lot higher quality tennis at the start of set two, with both players exchanging some heavy blows. Serena was the one who struck first, taking Kerber’s serve to 15 to go 3-1 up. After breaking the German for the second time in the sixth game, the match was practically over. Williams served out the set, averting three break points from 0-40 down to win her first encounter at this year’s championships.