By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon
- Angelique Kerber faces Serena Williams again in a rematch of their 2016 final
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WIMBLEDON, UK – It has been two years since Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams faced each other in the Wimbledon final and quite a bit has happened – is this Kerber’s time?
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Kerber is back after her 2017 blip
Having been a consistent Top 10 player, Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams at the start of 2016 with her win at the Australian Open and made the Wimbledon final before capping off the year with a second Slam title at the US Open.
After that and achieving the coveted Year End No. 1 title, things went south for the German, but she has been very consistent this year and has given us some memorable matches – from Hopman cup to that Australian open semi-final with Simona Halep – Kerber is on the up and this is the perfect time to prove it, with a second title this year.
She has her self-confidence back under Wim Fissette and her team
She admitted after her semi-final with Jelena Ostapenko that she needed to get back to basics and find time for her.
She said: “I think last year a lot of things happened, not only this. I think all the things that I said already, like to put the day schedule, to see what is good for me, what is not so good for me, to make the priority to playing tennis, to focusing on just what I love, finding my motivation back. There are a lot of things.
“I think I changed a few in my team around. I was doing a good pre-season. Also with Wim, with fitness coaches, some physios, my whole team, I think they helped me good to coming back, to really believe in me again.
“We tried to improving my game every single practice. We going out there, we trying to improving like step by step. I think it’s still a process. We are working now for six months together. Yeah, I think we are on a good way. But I know that there are still some work to do. But for the moment, I mean, we are happy how it works so far.”
She has Slam winning experience against Williams
Do not underestimate the intimidation factor Williams brings to a court, and yet when many expected Kerber to cave in Australia, she took the first set, and went on to beat Williams for her first Grand Slam title.
Moreover that came at a time when Williams was at her peak, and Kerber found that belief and confidence to go for it – it will be key for her to strike in the same way and take the first set.
Her ability to switch from attack to defence
While she has made no secret of the fact that she has wanted to develop a more aggressive game, one of her strengths is to be able to switch back to a more counter-punching style – we saw that in particular to good effect against Ostapenko – Plan B when Plan A fails to materialise.
“For me it was important to moving good, having the patience, and also taking my chances when I have the chance to step in and be aggressive by myself. I think that I know that I have the game to being from the defensive, but to mix it up, especially against an opponent like her, I think that was the key.”
She has the fitness to outlast Williams
Kerber has always been one of the fittest people on the tour, and right now with Williams just on her fourth tournament back, if she can make this a three-setter, she then has a very good chance to take this title.
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