(October 24, 2012) In a battle which featured high quality shot-making and high drama, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka saved two match points to turn back Angelique Kerber 6-7(11), 7-6(2), 6-4 in three hours in her first round-robin match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul on Wednesday. Azarenka is just one victory away from clinching the year-end No. 1 world ranking.
Kerber fought back from 2-6 down in the opening set tiebreak to capture the set 7-6(13-11)
The 13-11 first set tie-break won by Kerber over Azarenka equals two other tiebreaks for the longest in singles in TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships history – Steffi Graf defeating Lindsay Davenport in 1996 quarterfinal and
Helena Sukova beating Jo Durie in 1984 round of 16.
Both women determined to triumph smashed racquets in the second set. No. 5 Kerber came back from a break down in the second set, but took a 5-4 lead after a games which went to deuce nine times and lasted almost 14 minutes.
Azarenka saved two match points in ...