The WTA Finals in Singapore featured the first matches in the group stages with the Red Groupscheduled to unfold first. In the opening match, Simona Halep secured victory against Madison Keys in straight sets. The other encounter was a little bit different than the previous one, with both competitors giving their best. The world no. 1 Angelique Kerber had to battle against Dominika Cibulkova- Slovakian no. 1, recent winner of 'The Comeback of the Year' trophy. Both women are known for their powerful ground strokes.

Kerber and Cibulkova put on a genuine thriller

As expected, despite the gap in the ranking, both players did their best on the Tennis court.

The opening set was more than balanced and had a ton oftension. Eventually, the set went to a tie-break where AngeliqueKerber had the stronger mental ground thus forcing Cibulkova to run for more than she can bear. The German took the first set and things seemed predictable way

The 2nd set was a blistering display of power on Cibulkova's behalf. At some point, she was leading by 4-0. Kerber did manageto get herself a couple of games but it was not enough as the Slovakian pressed harder and took the second act by 6-2 thus pushing the encounter into a decisive 3rd set.

The 3rd act started with Cibulkova on the run. She broke on Kerber's serve but then she was unable to deal with the pressure. Themore experienced Kerber eventually took the ball on her side winning the set by 6-3.

What's next for these 2 players

In the next round of the group stages in Singapore, Angelique Kerber will face one of the toughest players on the WTA Tour. Simona Halep might have a slight advantage because she did not spend too much time on the court against Keys. Even so, Kerber already proved her value as well as her relentless pace during the big moments of the matches she played in.

Moreover, theclash has a bigger stake as the one who will prevail will almost certainly advance to the knock-out stages.

On the other side, Madison Keys will face Dominika Cibulkova in an all-in match. Whoever wins will keep their qualifying chances alive.

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