Yes, Kerber struggles to generate her own pace, just look at her struggles against Errani. But, she's more of a counterpuncher in the classic sense, like peak Jankovic. She likes pace to redirect.
It's ridiculous how much the words counterpuncher and pusher have gotten muddled on this board courtesy of the Wozniacki era.
I get what you're saying. However, my characterization wasn't completely off.
The reason why I called her a pusher (besides mild trolling), is because her serve is horrendous and no threat. And despite the fact she counter punches, she's still susceptible of getting blown off the court and playing very passive--retrieving a whole lot more than she should many times. Kerber is a sneaky counter puncher. I've also seen her scared when she's overwhelmed, knowing she doesn't have the weapons when she's playing a hard hitter or shotmaker that's having a good day. We've all seen that.
Nonetheless (to your response), that's why I said "the Better Version Won", which Kerber is over Wozniaki. She's the better model.
Now whether or not she'll have the level of success that Wozniaki did (albeit in this apparently tougher era), remains to be seen? Wozniaki, maybe more mentally tough.
Unless Da Times Are A Changing, don't let her 39 winners against Woz fool you. But good for her! Excellent year. And bad timing by me.