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Aug 10th, 2017 08:22 AM
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A. KERBER/D. Vekic

6-4, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Really tight match, late finish. How are you feeling right now?

ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, I think the first matches are always not so easy after a long break. So I'm actually happy how I played, and I played very well from the beginning.

And, yeah, the second set was really tight and close, but I think it got better from both of us at the end.

Q. It felt like the kind of match that you were winning a lot of this time last year especially on your way to No. 1. Was that sort of the feeling you had on court especially at the end?

ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, I think this is the same feeling. But, of course, I need still few more matches to come there, where I was last year.

But I think I'm on a good way. And I was practicing good after Wimbledon. So it's good to staying on court again and having the competition.

Q. Is it tough going out on the court being the last match of the night, especially if it's your first of the tournament?

ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, it's always not so easy especially because, yeah, you know you are the last one. You are the last one who is playing and everybody is waiting for you, actually.

But, yeah, this is what can always happen. And I think I played already so many last matches in my career, so it's nothing new. But, of course, it's always not so easy.

Q. She seemed to be struggling with the shoulder injury in the first set, but her level didn't really drop through the match. How does one deal with that during the match when you feel like she might be retiring? How were you feeling?

ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, I think I was trying to not looking to this. I mean, I was actually quite surprised at the beginning that she take the physio because she was serving not bad, and then she served actually good the second set.

But I was not watching on her side. I mean, I was really trying to focusing on me and not thinking if she will retire or how she will serve. Because, yeah, I was trying to play my match. But hopefully it's not so serious for her.

Q. And Sloane is next. I mean, she's had a really good week this week. Just beat Petra. These are her first wins of her season. I don't know if you followed along with her comeback at all. I wonder what you make of that match-up.

ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, I think it's always a tricky opponent to play. But, yeah, she beat Petra, so she has to play really good. And I know that she is starting to coming back and, yeah, it seems that she's on the good shape.

Q. What type of challenges were posed with Vekic tonight? She was drawing you in with the drop shots and using that quite often, especially in that second set. How tough is it to deal with something like that?

ANGELIQUE KERBER: Yeah, I think she played the drop shots really good. And I mean, if something was working, of course she will not changing it.

But I was trying to, yeah, being ready for the shots. And at the end, I won actually one or two. So it was, yeah, important point as well to go there at the end and win one or two of these points.

Q. And just one more question for you. I know you did work with Steffi Graf in the past. When you work with someone who's a hall-of-famer who's achieved what she's done, what is kind of like the most important think you kind of took away from that time you did work with her?

ANGELIQUE KERBER: I think, yeah, for me it was always -- it's always a honor to play with some champion like her, and especially because she was also my idol, and she's German. So it's always something really special.

When I was hitting with her some balls and we talk about a few things, I think it is always, yeah, something what you are trying to take on your own way and just trying to listen to somebody like her.
Jul 23rd, 2017 09:23 PM
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not sure where else to post this, but I got a copy of racquet magazine no 3 last month and it has an article written by Andrea Petkovic that talks a bit about her and Angie
She says that when they played Fed Cup together just after Angie had won the Australian Open, Angie said to her ‘i'll never be as good with the press as you are, it's just not my thing'
She then goes on to say Angie is better than her on court but ‘ i beat her in almost any off-court activity ‘. I thought this wasn’t the best thing to say about a good friend!
She also says that she thought Angie won the Aussie Open as she 'found that confidence as a person and a woman in herself' but to me that seems to contradict some of the other things she says about her
I did think it was a good article though and I enjoyed reading it. I hope Petko writes for them again
Jun 3rd, 2017 05:00 PM
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That's the beautiful destination

Jun 3rd, 2017 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by uegalore View Post
Jun 3rd, 2017 07:30 AM
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Wimbledon champion confirmed.
May 29th, 2017 10:36 AM
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Frankreich: Kerber aus Paris abgereist - Zum Nachdenken nach Hause - Sportmix - Stuttgarter Nachrichten

In brief: Back to Poland to discuss the situation - changes are necessary. Rumors on exchanging Torben Beltz (maybe caused by Boris Becker)
May 27th, 2017 07:42 AM
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Kerber hopes to fall in love with clay- Roland-Garros - The 2017 French Open - Official Site by IBM


For some it is a grand passion, but No.1 seed Angelique Kerber admits she has a complicated relationship with clay

In the city of romance, some players talk about their love affair with clay. When asked to describe her relationship with the red stuff, Angelique Kerber gives a wry chuckle and a look that says “It’s complicated.”

The phrase “world No.1” and “struggle for form” don’t often come together over a consistent period, but they have remained bolted to the name of the top-ranked German in the lead-up to the French Open. Having failed to win a title so far in 2017, she is the first to admit her clay-court campaign has been singularly unimpressive, with just two wins from her appearances at Stuttgart, Madrid, and Rome - the latter where she fell in the second round (after a bye in the first) to Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit.

“Everybody knows it's not my favorite surface, but, yeah, we have to play on clay. I try my best. Last year as well, these were not the best weeks for me. I mean, it was my best year, but when I played tournaments on clay, I was not performing so well. This year it's the same,” she said, with a slight air of resignation. “It can be better. I try my best to make the best preparations I can to be ready for the first round, and then we will see how far I can go… But first of all, I am just aiming to go step by step and try to get in love a little bit with the clay.”

The 29-year-old, whose best result at Roland-Garros was reaching the quarter-finals five years ago, will not want to repeat her 2016 first-round exit. However, the silver lining to that cloud is that she has no points to defend in Paris, and can therefore tighten her grasp on the world No.1 ranking.

Fate - in the form of the computerised draw - has not been kind in pitting her in the opening round against fellow left-hander Ekaterina Makarova, a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist. “For sure, it’s not an easy first round, but which round is easy here? I mean, you have to be ready from the first round, from the first point. And this is my goal," Kerber said. "I'm looking at it round by round and trying to be ready to play my best tennis from the first match. I'm ready for the challenge from the beginning.”

"Everybody knows it's not my favorite surface, but, yeah, we have to play on clay. I try my best."

As you would expect of a world No.1, Kerber has analysed exactly what she needs to get her game back on track: it boils down to attuning her intuitive game to the slower surface. She’s a perennial battler, but for someone whose entertaining style is based on an armoury of reactive and improvisational shots, the switch to the chessboard mindset required by clay is perhaps more of a tall order.

“I need matches. And I need matches where I can start to play and feel my tennis,” she says. “I also need winning matches. I need to go out and try to find my game, to fight, to try to move well because moving on clay is really difficult for me. During practice, I am working on moving around the court and being ready for more rallies.”

She is confident that approach is working well in practice, less sure that it will transfer onto a competitive stage. “It's just the transition,” she grimaces. “Actually, I'm practising not bad, but I have to show this in my matches, and I think this is what I need now to try to do. It's just a process. And then we will see.”

Who knows, with this year’s open women’s draw, it could be Paris, mon amour for Kerber.
Apr 20th, 2017 01:44 PM
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Apr 8th, 2017 10:58 AM
Now and Zen
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Mar 27th, 2017 05:53 AM
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Mar 23rd, 2017 02:08 PM
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Mar 10th, 2017 08:09 PM
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WTA Shot Of The Month: Kerber

News | WTA Tennis English
Mar 6th, 2017 08:14 PM
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I saw this article a few days ago also, then saw it posted here. Few questions:

Kerber, who is ranked No. 1, is the only one of the most popular musicians in the world. 2 in the world.

The tournament - at least the past three years - has not loved her in return
kinda taken out of context, wut

she said, "I'mnot a big deal." 1 ranking. But for now, she's just playing on it.

Kerber said she has recovered from a right knee injury that began to bother her on the slippery, wet courts in her last tournament, in Dubai, and contributed to her semifinal loss to Elina Svitolina. “After Dubai I had my two days off and I rested a little bit so the knee is OK,” she said. “I feel it still a little bit, but I have my treatments and they are helping me so it is not a big deal.

old picture! her hair is lots shorter

No. 2 Angelique Kerber looks for her rhythm at the BNP Paribas Open - LA Times
Mar 6th, 2017 09:11 AM
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No. 2 Angelique Kerber looks for her rhythm at the BNP Paribas Open - LA Times

No. 2 Angelique Kerber looks for her rhythm at the BNP Paribas Open

Of all the stops on the women’s tennis tour, of all the international destinations that German-born Angelique Kerber visits each year, the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is one of her favorite events.

“I love this tournament because I really like the location. I like that it’s really quiet and on center court and all the practice courts out there you can practice actually all day,” said Kerber, who is ranked No. 2 in the world. “And the fans are there also during the practice, filling the practice courts. This tournament is good also for the fans, I think. You are so near to them and they are watching you and it’s nice for us and for the fans too.”

There’s only one problem: the tournament — at least the past three years — hasn’t loved her in return.

Last year, soon after she had won her first Grand Slam title by upsetting Serena Williams at the Australian Open, Kerber lost her first match at Indian Wells to Denisa Allertova in straight sets. In 2015 she lost her first Indian Wells match to Sloane Stephens, also in straight sets, and she lost her first match in 2014 to Maria Teresa Torro Flor in three sets. “I reached once the semis there one year, so that’s the best memory so far from this tournament,” Kerber said, laughing during a phone conversation from her training base in Poland.

She actually reached the semifinals twice, in 2012 and 2013. To go that far or beyond this year would be progress for Kerber, who has made some surprisingly quick exits in early-season tournaments. Qualifying will take place Monday and Tuesday. Women’s first-round matches will begin Wednesday and men’s first-round matches start Thursday. The top 10-ranked men and women are scheduled to compete.

Kerber ended 2016 as No. 1 after winning at Australia, reaching the Wimbledon final, and winning the U.S. Open. However, the left-hander with the powerful baseline game slid to No. 2 after she was beaten by CoCo Vandeweghe in the round of 16 at this year’s Australian Open and Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam to regain the top spot. A good performance at Indian Wells would be a mental boost for Kerber.

“I’m feeling good, actually. I know I have nothing to lose,” she said. “I lost last year in the first round, but I know that I can just play better this year. I can go there and enjoy the two weeks and hope that it will be better than the last years.”

Kerber said she has recovered from a right knee injury that began to bother her on the slippery, wet courts in her last tournament, in Dubai, and contributed to her semifinal loss to Elina Svitolina. “After Dubai I had my two days off and I rested a little bit so the knee is OK,” she said. “I feel it still a little bit, but I have my treatments and they are helping me so it is not a big deal.”

Had Kerber won at Dubai, she would have regained the No. 1 ranking. But for now, she’s focusing only on how she’s playing.

“I know this from the last year: If you play good and you play consistent, you will get your result and then you will be the No. 1 automatically. So this is in my mind,” she said. “I’m not thinking about the rankings and the points. Now it’s like more to find my game again and finding my rhythm and going out there and playing good tennis.”

The stress and demands of being No. 1 required some adjustment for her. She learned the importance of getting away for a while, if only for a coffee or shopping or a visit to the beach.

“Of course, if you are No. 1 you have more things to do, and people, they are looking up. It’s different and I know the feeling already,” she said. “To be No. 2 is actually the same. The pressure is there. It’s not that I can be like two years ago that I just walk in there and nobody knows me. The people recognize me much more than the years before.

“I think that I’ve gotten used to it now. At the beginning it was a little bit different and difficult for me because it was a completely new situation and new challenge. But I think right now I know how to handle this and also how to handle my day schedule, also taking a few hours for myself, so I think that now I’m OK with everything around.”

The Indian Wells field, as always, will be formidable. That’s another reason it’s one of Kerber’s favorite places. “Everybody is playing there. It’s almost like a Grand Slam, I think,” she said. “This is actually a good thing because if you go there I know I have to play from the first round my best tennis. I like to compete with the other players, the best ones, so this is always good to go there and to see how good my preparation was in the last few weeks and how I’m feeling on the court again. It’s a good challenge.”
Mar 3rd, 2017 05:05 PM
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"Last workout session before flying out to 🇺🇸 tomorrow! Looking forward to be back on court at the BNP Paribas Open #TeamAngie"

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