Oct 26th, 2013, 01:57 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
2013 - Season Review and Off-Season Thread
Brisbane International - Brisbane, Australia
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Anna Tatishvili 6-2 4-6 6-2Apia International - Sydney, Australia
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Monica Puig 3-6 6-4 7-6
QF - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Angelique Kerber 7-6 7-6
R1 - Angelique Kerber vs. BYEAustralian Open 2013 - Melbourne, Australia
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Galina Voskoboeva 6-2 7-5
QF - Angelique Kerber def. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 7-5
SF - Dominika Cibulkova def. Angelique Kerber 6-2 3-6 6-3
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-4QATAR TOTAL OPEN - Doha, Qatar
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Lucie Hradecka 6-3 6-1
R3 - Angelique Kerber def. Madison Keys 6-2 7-5
R4 - Ekaterina Makarova def. Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-4
R1 - Angelique Kerber vs. BYEDubai Duty Free Tennis Championships - Dubai, UAE
R2 - Mona Barthel def. Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-2
R1 - Angelique Kerber vs. BYE
R2 - Roberta Vinci def. Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-1
The first part of her season was unfortunately dominated by a back injury that particularly hampered her serve. In retrospect she probably should have skipped Doha and Dubai, but given the rules of the WTA Top 10 list it were understandable decisions to play these tournaments.
BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells, USA
R1 - Angelique Kerber vs. BYESony Open - Miami, USA
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-2
R3 - Angelique Kerber def. Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 7-6
R4 - Angelique Kerber def. Garbine Muguruza 6-4 7-5
QF - Angelique Kerber def. Samantha Stosur W/O
SF - Caroline Wozniacki def. Angelique Kerber 2-6 6-4 7-5
R1 - Angelique Kerber vs. BYEMonterrey Open - Monterrey, Mexico
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Francesca Schiavone 6-7 6-3 6-2
R3 - Sorana Cirstea def. Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-0
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Samantha Crawford 6-3 6-3Germany vs Serbia - Stuttgart, Germany
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Alla Kudryavtseva 6-4 4-6 6-2
QF - Angelique Kerber def. Ayumi Morita 6-2 6-1
SF - Angelique Kerber def. Maria Kirilenko 6-4 2-6 6-2
F - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Angelique Kerber 4-6 6-2 6-4
SAT - Angelique Kerber def. Bojana Jovanovski 7-5 6-2Porsche Tennis Grand Prix - Stuttgart, Germany
SUN - Ana Ivanovic def. Angelique Kerver 7-5 6-4
R1 - Angelique Kerber vs. BYEMutua Madrid Open - Madrid, Spain
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Anastasja Pavlyuchenkova 6-0 6-4
QF - Angelique Kerber def. Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 7-6
SF - Maria Sharapova def. Angelique Kerber 6-3 2-6 7-5
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Su-Wei Hsieh 3-6 6-3 6-2French Open - Paris, France
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Alize Cornet 6-4 6-2
R3 - Angelique Kerver def. Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 6-4 7-5
QF - Ana Ivanovic def. Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-1
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Mona Barthel 7-6 6-2
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Jana Cepelova 6-2 6-2
R3 - Angelique Kerver def. Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-7 6-4
R4 - Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Angelique Kerber 6-4 4-6 6-3
The second part of the season saw improvements in her results, but not really in her game. She made the final of Monterrey and reached the semifinals of Indian Wells and Stuttgart, but (maybe with the exception of Stuttgart) her level of play was still below of what we were used to in 2012. She continued to take of the must-win watches, but there wasn't much beyond that.
Aegon International - Eastbourne, UK
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-4Wimbledon - London, UK
R2 - Ekaterina Makarova def. Angelique Kerver 6-3 6-4
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 6-4Citi Open - Washington, USA
R2 - Kaia Kanepi def Angelique Kerber 3-6 7-6 6-3
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Irina Falconi 6-2 6-3Rogers Cup - Toronto, Canada
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Melanie Oudin 7-5 6-0
QF - Magdalena Rybarikova def. Angelique Kerber 7-6 3-6 6-3
R1 - Angelique Kerber vs. BYEWestern & Southern Open - Cincinnati, USA
R2 - Dominika Cibulkova def. Angelique Kerber 6-7 6-2 7-5
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Karin Knapp 6-7 6-0 6-1New Haven Open - New Haven, USA
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Alisa Kleybanova 7-6 6-2
R3 - Li Na def. Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-4
R1 - BYEUS Open - New York, USA
R2 - Elena Vesnina def. Angelique Kerber 6-2 6-4
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Lucie Hradecka 6-1 6-1
R2 - Angelique Kerver def. Genie Bouchard 6-4 2-6 6-4
R3 - Angelique Kerber def. Kaia Kanepi 6-0 6-4
R4 - Carla Suarez-Navarro def. Angelique Kerber 4-6 6-3 7-6
Probably the most disappointing part of her season saw her lose early in Wimbledon in a match that she should have won and lose relatively early in the US Open in a match that she could have won. Nothing noteworthy in between.
Toray Pan Pacific Open - Tokyo, Japan
R1 - BYEChina Open - Beijing, China
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-0 6-1
R3 - Angelique Kerber def. Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-2
QF - Angelique Kerber def. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-4
SF - Angelique Kerber def. Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 7-6
F - Petra Kvitova def. Angelique Kerber 6-2 0-6 6-3
R1 - BYEGenerali Ladies - Linz, Austria
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Laura Robson 6-1 6-2
R3 - Angelique Kerber def. Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-4
QF - Agnieszka Radwanska def. Angelique Kerber 7-6 6-4
R1 - Angelique Kerber def. Monica Niculescu 0-6 6-1 6-2WTA Championships - Istanbul, Turkey
R2 - Angelique Kerber def. Alexandra Cadantu 6-1 6-0
QF - Angelique Kerber def. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-3 6-1
SF - Angelique Kerber def. Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-0
F - Angelique Kerber def. Ana Ivanovic 6-4 7-6
RR1 - Serena Williams def. Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-1
RR2 - Angelique Kerber def. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2
RR3 - Petra Kvitova def. Angelique Kerber 6-7 6-2 6-3
Angie's back! As soon as she set off to Asia we suddenly got out Angie back to her 2012 form. She made the final in Tokyo, got a very late Wild Card into Linz which finally got her a few more haters, snatched the Linz victory from Ana, which got her a lot more haters and qualified for the YEC for the 2nd year in a row, finally getting her first win there. She also got her first 3 Top 10 wins at the business end of the season, beating Wozniacki and Radwanska (twice).
Off-Season & Outlook
We don't know too much about her off-season, but it's probably safe to assume that after a well-deserved vacation she will train at Schüttler/Waske together with Petko again. The last part of her season also saw the disappearance of her long-time coach Torben Beltz, replaced by the Schüttler/Waske-head coach Benjamin "Benny!" Ebrahimzadeh. No official word on that soon, but given her resurgence in these 2 months it would be a shame if she couldn't continue with this setup in 2014. Benny seems to regularly find the right words to reach Angie's difficult mind.
Last edited by KatjaS : Dec 22nd, 2013 at 02:12 PM.
Dec 4th, 2013, 06:29 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Re: 2013 - Season Review and Off-Season Thread
It´s astounding whoever claims or is said to have developed herself as a player and person. So will we have the pleasure to watch better, matured, settled german tennis girls next year?
Frequently telling us that she has learned so much about herself ("I want to pay more attention to my body, play fewer tournaments" (translation by KatjaS). "I want to be convicted by my game." Nensel, I hear you sermonizing.
And then - a huge change!: "I want to again consistenly bring my performance."
Please don´t, CHANGE is the keyword.
Consistently performing her defeats? Nensel - please implement something better in her mind. She is listening to you.
Claims "to be in the most relaxed phase of my life just now - as a tennis plyer and a person." (at Franfurt „Charity-Tennisturnier“).
But these days she also says: "I don´t panic but I get somewhat hectical. I really don´t have too much time left (Sport Bild).
Just this had been her attitude when the series of injuries occured.
I don´t know what to make of these statements.
Hopefully not so extremely confused next year as her fans, adorers, followers, stalkers are because of recent private things with this guy, äh, . . . sorry, I have forgotten his name.
Maybe there are some stable facts left?
Communication silence. Presumably the same procedure as every year. At least solid as rock, amidst so many moulted, brand-new ball chasing german cracks.
But as to Barthel I will stop my iromic comments, and that for some special reasons:
Whenever last season she lost a game and (together with her mum coach) was critized heavily here I remembered a posting years ago from her sister. Mona had lost a match, had received lots of bad judgements, and then her sister posted: "What do you badmouthers really know about her! What did you censors achieve in your own life?" And she mentioned her sisters difficult situation because of the cancer of her mother.
I know how disturbing and worrisome a situation with suffering parents can be. I believe here is the origin of her clinging to the mother. And never would I blame her for this, we have to respect it, it´s her decision. What we see sometimes - she herself is not happy with this situation, struggling with her family position, as she is struggling in her games.
As I mentioned in another posting of mine: "We know so little about the private life of our german players." And I ironically added: "Some of us did not even foresee that Lisicki would have another boyfriend". Really, we don´t look behind the curtain that protects the players, and that´s okay with me.
But finally there are convincing reports about a player who really learned something from the last season:
2013 was "a season of consolidation, and finding out more about herself as a person and competitor". (burnstennis.blogspot.) Wants to improve her game by playing more aggressive, powerful shots, with better serves.
In this case I´m inclined to believe her: "She has gone through a unique period of learning about herself, managing disappointment, injuries, motivation, change of coaching setup and still found a way to finish the year on a relative high. That is something which takes mental strength and character." (burnstennis)
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