WTA Eastbourne: Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova set title clash

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WTA Eastbourne: Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova set title clash

Seeded second and fourth, Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber have set the final meeting at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne, the last test ahead of Wimbledon. The German is through to the 30th WTA final and the second of the season after Indian Wells, seeking the first crown since Wimbledon last year when Ons Jabeur gave her a walkover.

The Tunisian inured her right ankle against Alize Cornet on Friday in the closing stage of the match, managing to prevail but not being able to compete today again, propelling the German into the third final in Eastbourne after 2012 and 2014.

In the semi-final that took place, Karolina Pliskova dismantled Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-2 in 56 minutes for the 26th WTA final and the third here in Eastbourne. 2017 champion here has been the dominant figure this week and Bertens couldn't do much to stop that, taking only 30 points and suffering four breaks of serve to push the Czech into the final match.

Both players served under 50% and no one could have noticed that in Karolina's games, dropping only 11 points behind the initial shot and never facing a break point. On the other hand, she grabbed more than half of the return points, taking those four breaks and controlling the scoreboard from start to finish after firing 21 winners and only seven unforced errors.

Pliskova moved in front already in game two with a forehand winner, setting the tone for the rest of the match and securing another break in game six to jump into a 5-1 lead. Landing three winners in that seventh game, Pliskova clinched the opener in less than 30 minutes, staying on the same level in set number two and leaving Kiki far behind.

A backhand winner earned a break for Karolina at 1-1, racing towards the finish line with another one in game five and sealing the deal after a service winner at 5-2 to march into the final.