Wozniacki run over as Kerber snatches title

ESPN staff
April 15, 2012
Caroline Wozniacki had her chances but could not convert © Getty Images

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki saw her winning streak at the e-Boks Open snapped as Angelique Kerber produced a gritty display to down the Dane 6-4 6-4 to clinch the title in Copenhagen.

Wozniacki entered Sunday's final on the back of 14 straight victories and two consecutive titles at the event, although all those previous wins never came against anyone ranked higher than No. 38.

Kerber, the world No. 15, was in theory a more difficult proposition, and so it proved. The 24-year-old German went toe-to-toe with her opponent from the back of the court, her power proving too much for Wozniacki to handle.

The first set was anything but straightforward, with both players struggling to hold serve. Although their first-serve percentages were both in the early 60s, neither managed to send it down with any great authority and as a result it was returned with ferocity.

Wozniacki forced two breaks of serve, but she was left to rue missing four of her six break points as Kerber converted 60 per cent of her chances to steal the opening set. Wozniacki found a footing early in the second, racing into a 4-2 lead, but she could not ram home her advantage as Kerber refused to lie down.

The momentum was now with the German and she reeled off four games in a row to move 5-4 in front. There was a brief rally from the home favourite in game 10 but she failed to convert any of her three break points, allowing Kerber to shut the door for the last time and take out the two-time defending champion for her second career title.

In the Barcelona Ladies Open, Sara Errani blew third seed Dominika Cibulkova away 6-2 6-2 to claim a fourth WTA title. Errani, seeded seventh, was broken twice in the contest but, such was her dominance on her opponent's service, it mattered little as she converted six break points of her own to ease to a one-sided victory in just over an hour.

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