“Waiting on That Moment for 10 Years”: Angelique Kerber Recalls Biggest Win Over Serena Williams

Published 04/21/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates winning her women’s singles quarter-final match against Simona Halep of Romania during day four of the Nature Valley International at Devonshire Park on June 27, 2019 in Eastbourne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)


Former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber has left her mark in the women’s game with a spectacular 2016 season. She won the Australian Open that year and ended the year on a high by winning the US Open. It was during this period that she attained the top spot in rankings.

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Recently, while speaking to American legend Chris Evert, the German Angelique Kerber reflected on her fond memories during her final against tennis superstar Serena Williams. It was her first Grand Slam final, and she was up against one of the greatest players of all time. During such a grand stage, the focus was key for the German player.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during her first round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Kerber remembered that moment and stated, “I remember that moment because that was my first Grand Slam final. I was like that’s my day, let me try my best. I know she has all the experience and knows how everything is working and for me everything was new. So I was trying to put myself in the tunnel-like in the zone and not think too much.”

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Angelique Kerber felt it was now or never

Angelique never knew if she would feature in a Grand Slam final again. Therefore, she wanted to make the most of the opportunity received. She remembered losing the second set of the match and with the support of the fans and her emotions, she crossed the finishing line.

The 33-year-old athlete further added, “When I started warming up, I was like let’s focus on tennis. I remember winning the first set, then she came back and it was more about my emotions in the final. I was really playing with my emotions, with the support of the fans, with the energy. Especially at my age, I was 28 years old and I was waiting on that moment for 10 years so I was like let’s go for it.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during her first-round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Echoing on her current season, Angelique competed at the Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne, prior to the Australian Open. However, it was discovered later an individual on her flight to Melbourne had tested positive for COVID-19. Due to that, she had to undergo a 14-day quarantine period. 

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Later, she lost in the opening round at the Australian Open, citing a lack of practice for the unfortunate outcome.

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She is currently playing at the WTA Stuttgart Open 2021 and is scheduled to play her opening round match later today.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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