After Friday's semifinal action at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo we have two lefties standing – Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber.
The first semifinal featured seed No.7 Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams and in their two-hour-and-24-minute-long battle both players fought until the end, holding their serves well, but the tight match came down to the third-set tiebreak which Kvitova dominated to win 3-6 6-3 7-6(2).
In the other semifinal, seed No.5 Angelique Kerber beat seed No.4 Caroline Wozniacki in another close match, although a straight-setter lasting one hour and 40 minutes. Kerber managed to close with a tiebreak in the second set 6-4 7-6(5), after surviving an approach of Wozniacki from 1-5 to 4-5 in the first set, and the Dane's 4-2 lead in the second set.
The Tokyo final will be the fourth career meeting of Kvitova and Kerber. All their previous meetings were in 2012 and their last match was in the semifinals of Cincinnati where Kerber prevailed 6-1 2-6 6-4. Kerber is leading their head-to-head record 2-1. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)