Brisbane - Angelique Kerber brushed aside
the challenge of Carla Suarez Navarro to move into the final of the
season-opening Brisbane International on Friday.
The German fourth seed was simply too
strong for her Spanish opponent, taking 75 minutes to win 6-2, 6-3.
Kerber is the highest seed left in the
tournament after the injury withdrawals of Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and
She was always in control of the
semi-final, constantly attacking Suarez Navarro's serve while winning her own
The pressure told on the Spaniard, who lost
her serve early in both sets and then struggled to stay in touch.
"I came here to have a lot of
matches," Kerber said. "Right now I'm in the final, so that's not
"When you start the season you don't
know exactly where you're standing. You don't know how the others are playing
and how the others worked in the last few weeks.
"I can just say that I'm feeling good - I'm feeling better every match."
Kerber said she had worked hard on her
serve in the off-season and that was paying dividends this week.
"I'm feeling that the serve is also a
little bit faster," she said. "Also I'm trying to go for it with my
second serve, not only pushing the ball.
"Of course that needs time, but I
think I'm on the way."
Kerber will play either two-time Australian
Open champion Victoria Azarenka or American qualifier Samantha Crawford in