In a roller coaster match on centre court, Angelique Kerber squeezed past Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 to secure her place in the 2014 final. In a match littered with opportunities for both players, thirty break points in total, the Dane took the first set in routine fashion before the German fought back to take the second with a dominating tie break performance.
Both players struggled to hold serve in the third with six breaks exchanged, Wozniacki struggling with her first serve, eventually giving Kerber the advantage. Wozniacki broke the impressive German at 5-2 down, but was unable to hold serve once more with Kerber breaking straight back to take the match and reach her second Aegon International final.
The No.1 seed Richard Gasquet continued his campaign for a first trophy with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the world No.49 Denis Istomin. The first set saw no break of serve until the tenth game, the world No.14 finally breaking Istomin on his third break point opportunity and taking the set.
The Uzbekistani failed to capitalise on two break points in the first game of the second set, and from there it was all Gasquet. The Frenchman broke Istomin three times on the way to taking the second, emphatically breaking him in the last game to earn his place in the final.
Madison Keys reached the women's final in straight sets against Heather Watson, beating the British No.1 6-3, 6-1 to make her first ever WTA tour final.
A close first set saw the American capitalise on her powerful serve, winning almost 80% of her first serve points compared to Watson's 65%. The world No.47 didn't let up in the second set either, at one point firing down a 123mph serve on her way to breaking Watson three times and reach her first career final. She will face Angelique Kerber, who is into her second final of the year after her morning win. The two have met twice before, with Kerber winning both encounters.
For Watson, it is a disappointing end to a positive week, but she now looks ahead to the All England club and a first round tie against world No.52 Ajla Tomljanovic.- See more at: http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/LTA-summer-grass-court-events/Aegon-International/News/2014/Aegon-International-Day-5/#sthash.A81esG2a.dpuf
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt