The two hot shots of the day both came from Halep – firstly this was a stunning get to a drop shot from Keys.
Keys threatened a comeback in the second set but Halep slammed the door shut again by breaking at 4-4 with this sensational instinctive passing shot winner.
It was a solid display from Halep who served and moved well. Keys though had a tough day at the office as she failed to get enough returns in play to make this competitive. 41 unforced errors in 69 minutes…
Here is Halep’s on-court interview with Andrew Krasny.
In her press conference, Keys admitted to nerves and struggling with the return and adjusting to the court. The WTA’s Facebook account are streaming the press conferences this week so make sure to give the page HERE a follow to watch live.
While the first match was a damp squib, the second encounter from the red group was brilliant. Angelique Kerber edged Dominika Cibulkova, 7-6(5) 2-6 6-3 in two hours and 17 minutes of scintillating tennis.
Both players came away with positive stats in terms of winners to unforced errors. Cibulkova played such a high level in the first set, but still couldn’t win it against a determined Kerber. Surprisingly, it was Kerber who dropped her level in the second set with Cibulkova forcing a third set. The Slovak got the early break in the decider but a battling Kerber fought back to win four games in a row against a tiring Cibulkova who just couldn’t maintain her level.
Love to see this respect after such a great contest.
Kerber’s forehand down-the-line always gives me life… it’s such a dreamy shot and there were many of them to enjoy in this match.
In case you missed it, check out the highlights of the Kerber-Cibulkova match from the WTA below.
I really enjoyed listening to Alicia Molik on the TennisTV commentary… her insight was superb.
Svetlana Kuznetsova has finally arrived in Singapore.
Day 2 previews for Radwanska v Kuznetsova (19:30pm local time) and Pliskova v Muguruza are now up on the blog at the links below.
And finally, Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands featured in a live video from the practice courts on the WTA’s Facebook page. Lucie confirmed that she is no longer with Rob Steckley.