Eastbourne International: Karolina Pliskova downs Kiki Bertens in straight-sets to set up title clash with Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber progressed to the final after her opponent Ons Jabeur withdrew from the other semi-final with a right ankle injury.

Reuters June 28, 2019 23:27:31 IST
Eastbourne International: Karolina Pliskova downs Kiki Bertens in straight-sets to set up title clash with Angelique Kerber
  • Karolina Pliskova scythed down Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-2 to move into the Eastbourne final

  • Pliskova will meet reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the final

  • Kerber progressed after her opponent Ons Jabeur withdrew from the other semi-final with right ankle injury

Karolina Pliskova scythed down Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to move into the Eastbourne final, where she will meet reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber.

The world number three, who has not dropped a set so far in Eastbourne, fired 21 winners and never faced a break point to reach her third title clash at the venue in four years.

Eastbourne International Karolina Pliskova downs Kiki Bertens in straightsets to set up title clash with Angelique Kerber

File image of Karolina Pliskova. AP

“I think I was just playing much better than last year, more free and just went for it a little bit more,” Pliskova, the 2017 champion, said.

“So really, (Bertens) was always under pressure and I was just always attacking, even though she can still serve well at some points.

“I was just coming to the net a little bit more than I was last year, so I think I used my game better than I did last year against her.”

Kerber progressed after her opponent Ons Jabeur withdrew from the other semi-final with a right ankle injury.

“It’s for sure not the way I would like to reach the final because to getting another match on my belt before Wimbledon, that was the goal,” Kerber, who begins her Wimbledon defence against compatriot Tatjana Maria, said.

“But of course I hope that she recovers soon and she is ready for Wimbledon.

“I have a day off, I practiced a bit already, and now the focus is for the final tomorrow.”

Kerber leads Pliskova in their head-to-head record 7-4.

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