Angelique Kerber has suddenly found her top form in the past few weeks and is in the semifinals of Wimbledon. An extended period of lethargy seems to have ended. Your favorite lawn surface plays an important role – and the dream of a second triumph on Church Road.
Her eyes shone like those of a child who had just had their greatest wish fulfilled. Angelique Kerber stood on Court No. 1 at Wimbledon – and she was visibly touched by the atmosphere. And maybe a little of yourself too. “To play here, in front of you spectators, that means a lot to me,” she said, her eyes moist. She was also borne by the audience that is well-disposed towards her in London’s SW19 district – and that she had missed so much for her game in the past weeks and months.
The 33-year-old Kerber had shortly before reached her fourth semifinal at the most traditional tournament in the world. Your 6.2; She had played out 6: 3 against the Czech Karolina Muchova. But she was probably interested in much more than that. After a season messed up, not least by Covid-19 last year, Kerber had also played an almost hideous year in 2021.
Confidence is back
When she came to Bad Homburg in the week before Wimbledon and won the lawn tournament there, she had only won nine games and had not beaten a top 20 player in two years. An almost devastating result for their abilities. The clay-court season, in particular, has traditionally been a practically traditional horror. At the Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros, she was eliminated again in the first round. It was the eighth time that this fate happened to her.
The former number 1 has dropped to 28th place in the world rankings. With the latest triumph in Germany, she has now won ten games in a row. “I look forward to playing on grass every year. I feel so comfortable on it,” said Kerber at Wimbledon. There seems to have been a sudden metamorphosis.
She has found her decisive game paired with a meager error rate. Through her opponents again, she sees so incredibly tenacious and unruly that hardly any opponent wishes to play against them. With one exception, the Wimbledon tournament was a smooth walk-through. Only Sara Sorribes Tormo had made her life extremely difficult in the second round.
But if Kerber has the necessary self-confidence and can play her significant experience to the full, she keeps her nerve even in challenging moments. After 3:19 hours, she turned a match point against the Spaniard into a hard-fought three-set victory. Inspire such victories.
Mental advantages over Barty?
Now Kerber has to compete against world number one Ashleigh Barty. The Australian has also impressed so far with an aggressive and almost flawless game. The two top players have already played five games against each other. The German won three times. Kerber should have a slight advantage mentally, however. She has already reached the final twice, winning the tournament against Serena Williams in 2018.
“This is my favorite tournament and I celebrated the greatest success of my career here,” said Kerber. On the other hand, Barty had her best result on Church Road in 2019 when she reached the round of 16.
“One day I want to be champion here. It’s my dream, it’s my goal,” said Barty a while ago. Wimbledon doesn’t leave the 25-year-old indifferent either. What role will the nervousness factor play in her so close to the finish line? So it will also be a battle of the nerves. “The journey is not over yet,” said Angelique Kerber before the semifinals.