Tokyo Preview – Caroline Wozniacki v Angelique Kerber

Since 2008 Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber have met 10 times on the WTA tour with the German currently leading the head to head at 6-4 but who will win the 11th meeting between these two top players?

Kerber has won three of their last four meetings on the tour and won this year the final against Wozniacki in Stuttgart which was one of the matches of the year. The two did meet in Tokyo back in 2013 in the semi-finals with Kerber winning 6-4 7-6. The German has been in exceptional form this year with 4 WTA Premier Titles to her name the most any player has achieved in one year since the re-organisation of the tournaments six years ago. For Wozniacki the year has been a disappointment, she hasn’t turned up in the slams and has lost a lot of matches you’d expect her to win.

I like Wozniacki’s game. I like a player who battles behind the baseline and can defend so well. She is one of the best at forcing opponents to play that extra shot however I think sometimes she can play a bit more attacking and not spend most of the match on the defensive and sat on the baseline as she does have the weapons to move up the court and take the game to opponents.

Angelique Kerber in my opinion gets the balance between attack and defence spot on in my opinion. It’s almost as if at times she sees the rallies a couple of shots before they are going to happen and can paint the picture and pick off her shots. I wouldn’t say there is a better fighter on the court than Kerber, like Wozniacki she never gives a ball up however I think she just about edges it in decision making.

I would say Wozniacki needs to his more than Kerber. I don’t think Wozniacki could afford to lose this and hope to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore. At this moment in time Wozniacki is down at 14 in the race and a good 500 points off the top 8 and even winning the tournament won’t see her get to the top 8 at the end of the week so these couple of weeks are very important for the Dane who hasn’t defeated a top 10 player since May when she beat Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round of Madrid with a win/loss against top 10 players this year at 3/3 and is also 8/10 against top 25 ranked players throughout the year which is why I see Kerber coming through this one in three sets!

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