Angelique Kerber Reveals Reason That Helped Her Heal From the Loss at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/09/2021, 11:17 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova REUTERS/Paul Childs


Veteran German tennis star Angelique Kerber has shared her thoughts on her semifinal loss to World No.1 Ashleigh Barty at Wimbledon.

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Speaking to reporters after going down in straight sets to the in-form Australian, Kerber said while she was devastated to have not made another championship round at All England, the standing ovation she received from the full house at Centre Court was a special feeling to go out with.

“If you go out and you have the standing ovation at the Centre Court in Wimbledon, I mean that’s the best feeling you can have even (if) you (have) lost,” Kerber said.

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Angelique Kerber lost to Ashleigh Barty in Wimbledon SF

The German, who came into Wimbledon on the back of winning the inaugural Bad Homburg title, got on a hot streak at the Championship, recording facile wins over feisty American Coco Gauff in the last-16 and Czech star Karolina Muchova in the quarterfinal.

However, the 2018 Wimbledon champion couldn’t come out on the winning side against the World No.1 despite throwing everything at her.

After falling to a 6-3 loss in the opening set, the 28th-ranked German gave Barty a good fight in the second, which went to a tiebreak.

However, the Australian edged her out in the tiebreak to eventually prevail in straight sets.

Kerber says she threw everything at Barty but nothing worked

Looking back at her performance, Kerber said, “I tried everything. I put everything on court today. Ash is a great opponent. She deserved to win today.”

The packed house at the Centre Court stood up to the German as she waved and headed to the locker room after the defeat.

Barring her second and third-round matches against Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain and Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, which went the full distance, Kerber didn’t drop a set on her road to the semifinal.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty with Germany’s Angelique Kerber after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Paul Childs

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The 33-year-old German defeated rising Czech star Katerina Siniakova to lift the Bad Homburg title.

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She crashed out in the opening round at Roland-Garros this year after losing in straight sets to unheralded Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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