The final for the 2015 Prudential Hong Kong is all set for Sunday with the number two seed, Angelique Kerber to play the number four seed, Jelena Jankovic in what will be a third match-up between the pair this year. Although the WTA have stated that Kerber needs to win the title in Hong Kong to confirm her place at the WTA Finals in Singapore, some fans on Twitter are stating that she’s there. It also looks like Agnieszka Radwanska is close too as she is into the final of Tianjin where she will play Danka Kovinic.
Kerber secured her place in a fifth final in 2015 with a routine 6-2 6-2 victory over Sam Stosur. It was a rock solid display from the German player who gave away very little. Stosur on the other hand produced errors galore and was unable to consistently threaten Kerber. In a focused and determined display, Kerber broke Stosur’s serve on five occasions and overcame a few sticky moments at the end, eventually winning on her fifth match point. Kerber has had a few issues closing matches during the Asian Swing but on this occasion, she was able to serve it out, saving three break points in the final game.
The second of semi-finals saw a 13th clash between Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic with JJ inching to a 7-6 lead in their head-to-head wth a hard fought, 6-4 7-5 victory. This was a brutal match and ended Venus’s chances of qualifying in the top eight for Singapore. I’m sad for Venus because it would have been an awesome storyline for her to make Singapore but at the same time, it’s hard not to be happy for the ray of sunshine that is Jelena Jankovic. She’s always played Venus well and that showed in this match with her ability to get the American player on the run. The story for Venus was missed break points; Venus was 2 out of 16 on break point conversions. She also made a number of wild errors towards the end. Jankovic couldn’t serve it out at the first time of asking but was not to be denied second time around, serving it out on her first match point.
Kerber leads Jankovic, 4-1 in their head-to-head with her only loss coming in a three setter in Brisbane at the start of 2014… that was a super match with Kerber running out of steam in the final set and Jankovic enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. Kerber’s won their three most recent encounters although their last match did go three sets when they played a few weeks ago in Wuhan. Jankovic’s level has been very solid in Hong Kong and she is yet to drop a set all week. Kerber lost her first set of the tournament to Francesca Schiavone but has been motoring through the draw ever since. This should be a fun match and i’m backing Kerber, the player i’d have more faith in at the crucial moments, to prevail.
Prediction: Kerber d. Jankovic in 3 sets