Rio - Germany’s Angelique Kerber booked her
spot in the final of the women’s singles event at the Olympics on Thursday
after beating USA’s Madison Keys 6-3, 7-5.
Kerber has enjoyed a highly successful year
thus far as she won her maiden grand slam title at the Australian Open in January
and also featured in the final of Wimbledon, where she lost to world number one
Neither player gave anything away off their
serve for the first six games of the first set, but Kerber ended that trend by
breaking Keys in the seventh game.
The second seed went on to break Keys again
in the ninth game to clinch the first set.
It was a similar story to start the second
set as both players held serve for the first 11 games, which saw Kerber hold a
narrow 6-5 lead. The German proceeded to break Keys in the 12th game and thus
progressed to the final.
Kerber will face Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig
in the final after she battled past two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
of the Czech Republic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Puig broke Kvitova five times during their
encounter and won 61 percent of points on her first serve. Kvitova also did
herself no favours by committing 40 unforced errors.