Tennis-Heir-apparent Kerber confident she can handle pressure
NEW YORK, Aug 27 Angelique Kerber says she is ready to deal with the increasing pressure as she targets U.S. Open glory and the world number one ranking.
Sept 21 Poland's world number four Agnieszka Radwanska breezed past Spaniard Larra Arruabarrena 6-0 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Korea Open on Saturday to set up a title clash with Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Pavlyuchenkova, seeded third, had a tough outing against former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy but eventually prevailed 7-6 (11) 7-6 (6) in the other semi-final.
Top-seeded Radwanska continued her good form on her Seoul debut, having dropped just 11 games in four matches, and needed 64 minutes to thrash the Spaniard, ranked 113 in the world.
"It was definitely a very good match. I was playing really good tennis," said Radwanska, after reaching her fourth final of the year.
"It was really hot out there but I played my 100 percent throughout the match, so that's why it was two quick sets."
Pavlyuchenkova was hopeful that she could recover for Sunday's final after her gruelling semi-final that lasted two hours and 23 minutes.
"I'm so tired right now, to be honest," the Russian said after her victory. "I have to be aggressive but also consistent (in the final).
"We just played at the US Open and she's very consistent, she never misses, and if I make a lot of mistakes it'll be an easy victory for her," said Pavlyuchenkova who lost to Radwanska at Flushing Meadows last month.
"It will be a tough match for me, but it's the finals, and I hope I'll be 100 percent tomorrow (Sunday)." (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
Aug 26 Roberto Bautista Agut will meet fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in Winston-Salem Open final after he outplayed Serbian Viktor Troicki 7-5 6-7(2) 6-2 in a dramatic semi-final that lasted more than two hours in steamy afternoon heat.
Aug 26 Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska put on a dominant performance against double defending champion Petra Kvitova to ease into the final of the Connecticut Open with a 6-1 6-1 triumph on Friday.