Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber happen to conclude her tennis season 2019 without a title. She reached the finals in Indian Wells and Eastbourne, but was unable to overcome the deftness of Bianca Andreescu and Karolina Pliskova there.
Kerber was the defending champion at Wimbledon 2019 but landed up exiting from the second round. Post that, her season had a downward slope and the German could embrace just three victories post-Wimbledon. The most shocking loss was at US Open 2019 when the 14th seed Kerber surrendered to Kristina Mladenovic in the first round.
World Number 18 Kerber opened the season 2020 in a trembling manner. She lost to Sam Stosur in tight sets in the first round and later just won a match in Adelaide.
“I had to really intense pre-season. Of course, it (Brisbane International) was not the best start of the year for me. Right now I’m just trying to take in the best from the last two weeks. And looking forward to starting the first Grand Slam of the year,” Kerber said.
“Nothing comes easy” – Angelique Kerber
“It’s, of course, not the best feeling. When you don’t have the best season and a tournament. You have to come back stronger. You have to work even more than before and trust your team. Nothing comes easy, you have to work for it, This is what counts. You go through the ups and downs and you learn a lot from that,” she continued.
Angelique Kerber won her first Grand Slam in Melbourne by defeating the top-seed Serena Williams. She reminisced her four-year-old victory and motivated to give her best at the Australian Open 2020.“Everything starts (Melbourne) here for me back in 2016, I’m really happy to be back in Melbourne,” Kerber mentioned.
The year 2016 was the best season from Germany’s pride as she was successful clinching the Australian and US Open, silver medal at Olympics and attained the World Number one ranking. However coming into the year 2020, her graph on the WTA circuit has developed a downward curve. Angelique Kerber needs to take an extra mile to resurged on the Tour.
The 17th seed at Aussie Open Kerber is drawn to open against the Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto.