After losing to Serena Williams in the opening match of the Red Group at the WTA Championships, Angelique Kerber held two match points against No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the most entertaining match of the tournament, but that victory slipped through her fingers despite her outstanding performance and today the German lost to Li Na to find herself 0-3 after the round-robin action at the WTA Championships. Unfortunately, Kerber has no chance of making the semifinals of the season-ending Championships on her first appearance at the event, but she can leave the event with her head up and enjoy the off season.
Li entered the encounter with a 5-1 head-to-head record against Kerber and a loss to Serena Williams in her first round-robin match. Kerber was the first to take a lead, going up 4-2, but Li started coming back, broke Kerber’s serve for 4-4 and in the tenth game Kerber helped her opponent with two double faults to lose the first set. Eventually, from the sixth game, Li won nine of the next ten games to lead 6-4 5-1. Kerber did have a mini revival for 6-4 5-3, but Li closed it out with her fourth perfect service game. Final score: 6-4 6-3.
Li, now satisfied with her concentration and performance, has a match with Victoria Azarenka left to complete her round-robin play. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)