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Red-hot Angelique Kerber reaches WTA final in Singapore

Angelique Kerber has adjusted well to life as the new world number one. The German maintained her unbeaten run in Singapore with a crushing victory over defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.

Newly crowned world number one Angelique Kerber crushed the defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-1 on Saturday to advance to the final of the WTA's end-of-season championship against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova.

Cibulkova, a surprise finalist, booked her spot in Sunday's final when she fought back from the brink of defeat to overhaul Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in a thriller at Singapore's Indoor Stadium.

Cibulkova lost to Kerber in the round-robin phase last weekend and will have her work cut out for her as she faces the German in Sunday's final after she produced another clinical display against Radwanska.

Kerber dominated Radwanska from the outset, giving the Pole few chances to hit her stride as she took control of the baseline rallies and cruised to victory in an hour and a quarter.

Unbeaten in four matches this week, Kerber will go into Sunday's final as a heavy favourite as she attempts to add the WTA Finals title to her Australian Open and US Open crowns.

mds/jh (afp)