Angelique Kerber has upset top seed Petra Kvitova in the battle of two former Wimbledon champions as the German won two three-set matches in a day to reach the final of the Bad Homburg Open.
Seeded fourth, Kerber, who hasn’t been in a final for two years, will bid to win her first title since Wimbledon in 2018 after she beat the two-time SW19 winner Kvitova 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on Friday.
“It’s unbelievable. To play in front of your home crowd, it’s something really special,” Kerber said.
“Playing in front of them, they gave me the last few per cent to really win this tight match against Petra.”
Kvitova had problems with her serve at key moments. She handed Kerber the second set with back-to-back double faults and double-faulted again when serving for the match at 6-5 in the decider.
Earlier, Kerber beat American Amanda Anisimova 2-6 6-3 6-3 in one of three quarter-finals that had to be rescheduled after rain washed out the entire Thursday schedule.
Kerber will face another Czech, Katerina Siniakova, in the final after Siniakova beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2 6-4 in the other semi-final.
Sorribes Tormo was fresh after progressing from the quarter-finals by walkover when Victoria Azarenka withdrew, but Siniakova had to come through a quarter-final against Laura Siegemund 7-5 6-4 in the morning.
Siniakova, a former top-ranked doubles player who’s searching for her first WTA tour singles title in nearly four years, has never before reached a final on grass.