Angelique Kerber had experienced the highs of Wimbledon three years ago as she struggled and won the grand slam in straight sets for the first time in her career. She had denied Serena Williams of winning her 24th grand slam title but for the German it was a great win. “I know I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena,” Kerber smilingly acknowledged her efforts at victory. But that was then. This is now.
After bowing in the opening rounds of grand slams all season, a change is taking place. The Australian Open Kerber had lost to Bernarda Pera and the French Open to Anhelina Kalinina. The German has a soft spot for Wimbledon and fond memories are still flourishing in her head for the British slam. She won her opening round over Nina Stojanovic and her second round, a tough three-set battle against the determined Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo. Fighting hard for every point and getting that extra ball back resulted in a victory for Kerber. It was those down the lines and cross court angles that just cut Sorribes Tormo’s rhythm. This was the first time that the Spaniard and the German had met, but clearly Kerber came through at the end.
“Always when I’m coming back I have the pictures in my mind. The memories,” Kerber said on thinking back over the win against Serena and her first Wimbledon title. The German was three games down to defeat Stojanovic and a set down in playing Sorribes Tormo. Nothing could keep her down long. She pulled her game together by focusing, maintaining control and doing what she does best in hitting that one more ball to win. It will be the third round that’s the charm as she will be up against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. This is their first time meet in Kerber’s career and if she plays her card right, there may be another victory to follow for the former grand slam winner.