WTA Linz 2013 Final: Ana Ivanovic vs Angelique Kerber Preview

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Ana Ivanovic (Bio) and Angelique Kerber (Bio) will meet for the fifth time in 2013 tomorrow afternoon in the Generali Ladies Open in Linz for what is expected to be an outstanding tour final. Ivanovic will be looking to top Kerber, who she holds a significant 3-1 lead over in their Head-to-Head record, and is motivated to secure her first title of the season prior to the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

The Serbian star has not dropped a single set after four matches here in Linz. She picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cibulkova in the quarter-finals and followed up with another strong showing today in the semi-finals, where she defeated Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-4. She is a two time winner here in Austria (2008 and 2010) and will be looking to secure a record third title when she meets Kerber in the final tomorrow. Even though she has been given wildcard entry into the year-end championships, this marks her first WTA Tour final of the season. Winning the Generali Ladies would be a big statement heading into the prestigious event next week.

Top seeded Angelique Kerber had been impressive over the past few weeks, having reached the finals in Tokyo – defeating her upcoming opponent Ivanovic along the way – before eventually succumbing to Petra Kvitova.  The World No. 10 received wildcard entry into the tournament this week after Kvitova was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. She only faced adversity in her opening match since arriving in Linz, and has breezed through her last two match-ups including a 6-3, 6-1 win over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and an absolute dominant display over World No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro, where she lost two games in the entire match – including a bagel second set to gain her easy entry into the finals. She has already surpassed her tournament-best performance back in 2010, when she exited to Andrea Petkovic in the opening round.  The German compiled a 43-21 record this season and is hunting for her first WTA title of the season.

This is the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the WTA tour, with four of those meetings taking place in 2013. Ivanovic holds a 3-1 lead in the series and a 2-1 lead in 2013, both of which took place on clay. They are currently tied at 1-1 on hard courts, which gives Kerber a strong possibility to deny the Serb her first title of the season tomorrow in Austria.
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