No.8 seed Kiki Bertens outlasted top seed Angelique in the final opening match of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore on Monday, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in the Red Group. Angie will next play with Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka.
Reported by WTATennis.com
The last woman into the field, Bertens bounced back after a first set blowout to stun the Wimbledon champion, ultimately coming from a set and a break down to win in just over two hours.
The victory is Bertens’ tour-leading 11th over a Top 10 player this season, but she needed to do it the hard way after losing the opening set in just about 30 minutes.
Kerber continued to build momentum early in the second set, and ultimately held a 6-1, 2-0 lead in the match before Bertens secured her first break of serve to level proceedings at 2-2.
Each woman broke serve six times in the match, and the Dutch World No.9 overcame 12 double faults on her own delivery in the match to secure two key holds in the final set.
Bertens’ dug out of a 0-40 hole to snap a string of seven straight breaks in the decider – capping the game with one of her five aces for the match – and later sealed the victory with a forehand winner – her 25th finisher in the match overall.