Angelique Kerber ended Laura Siegemund’s fairytale week and clinched her ninth career title, her second of the year. Qualifier Laura Siegemund, ranked 71, had beaten 3 top ten (Simona Halep, Roberta Vinci and Agnieszka Radwanska) en route to her first WTA Tour final. She led 4-2 in the final but Kerber recovered and won 10 games in a row. 6-4 6-0 for Angelique, who’ll be one of the big favorites for the Roland Garros title alongside Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
Here’s the dress Australian champion Angelique Kerber will don on the parisian clay courts:
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For the second year, adidas teams up with Y-3 to launch a highly distinctive collection for Roland Garros. Ana Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Tomas Berdych (check out his outfit here) among others will sport the 2016 adidas Roland Garros collection by Y-3, and so will the ball boys and girls.
Here’s Ana Ivanovic dress:
Ana Ivanovic on & off-court outfit Roland Garros by Y-3:
The collection launches today on adidas.com, Y-3.com and in adidas stores globally.
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Everyone told me to enjoy the match but I wanted to win
Interview by Stern, translation by Tennis Buzz
After her Australian Open victory, Angelique Kerber is at the zenith of her career and in the footsteps of her idol Steffi Graf. “Everything that happened for the last two weeks is amazing”, said Kerber after her surprising triumph in the final against world number one Serena Williams.
The following night was short for Angelique Kerber. The new world number two did not sleep a wink. The day after her big win in Melbourne, she did attend various press events and jumped into the Yarra river.
How was your night and when did you leave the stadium on Saturday?
I have not slept a minute. I think it was something like three o’clock when I left the stadium. I did four hours of press. Then I had the doping test, and after that we came back to the hotel. I got changed quickly and we went out. And here I am.
Have you any idea of what awaits you in Germany now?
I know that when I land on Monday morning in Francfort, something is being organized. What exactly, I don’t know yet. Then I’ll definitely spend Monday night with my family and friends and go eat something. And on Tuesday I’ll go Leipzig for Fed Cup. For sure, lots more will happen to me.
If you had to give an explanation on this success, what would it be?
I really think the explanation is that I believed in me. I always have, but never as I did after the match against Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, it was new.
Somehow it made something ‘click’. Even when I went against Serena, I said, I want to win this thing. Everybody told me I should just enjoy it and just play a good match. But I said myself: to enjoy it is good, but you can enjoy it afterwards. You go out there and try, and make the best of the chances you get.
And you succeeded…
Yes, I really did. I don’t know how I managed it, but I believed in me. I think this was the key to victory. I enjoyed the whole two weeks, but I wanted to show that I was worthy of the final and that I wanted to defeat her.
If you look back at your beginnings, what is the biggest step you made since then?
I think the whole experience I’ve made since then helps me now and for the future. Now I’m ready to really enjoy it. If I had won two or three years ago, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed and experienced it as I do now. Now I know, thanks to the tournaments I won before, what will happen to me.
It has often been said, that of this generation of you, Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki, nobody will make it and win a Grand Slam. Why did you managed it?
This is hard to say. I think I’ve experienced so many things in the last two weeks. I also learned you don’t need to play your best tennis two weeks long. But you have to believe in you for two weeks. You also need a little luck.
I simply believe that the time has come. I’ve always said, when the time comes, I’ll win something big. And I’ve just done it. Lots of people didn’t believe in but I think now, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone.
I am the world number two and I won a Grand Slam title. What more?
Do you think you will be perceived differently now on the tour? After all you are now a Grand Slam champion.
I don’t think a lot will change. I am curious, but I’m looking forward. Now I reached a high point in my career. I’m curious to see how things will change and how people react. It’s something different now. There are not many Grand Slam winners.
Is it even more special to win the title against Serena Williams?
In any case, that means a lot to me. Serena is an absolute champion, she wrote history and is a huge inspiration for me. To play against her is always something special. To face her in the final is an absolute honor, and to have played a good match makes the title even more special.
Even though there has been a lot of talks prior the Australian Open about Serena’s form, her presence in the final is all but a surprise. On the other hand, Angelique Kerber’s run to the final is quite unexpected.
Serena Williams’ road to the final
Serena‘s toughest match to advance to the final was her first round victory over the unpredictable Italian Camila Giorgi: she lost 9 games, the same number of games she lost to Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska, combined! She’ll be the heavy favorite against first time Grand Slam finalist Angelique Kerber.
|R1||Camila Giorgi||6-4 7-5|
|R2||Su-Wei Hsieh||6-1 6-2|
|R3||Daria Kasatkina||6-1 6-1|
|R4||Margarita Gasparyan||6-2 6-1|
|QF||Maria Sharapova ||6-4 6-1|
|SF||Agnieszka Radwanska ||6-0 6-4|
Angelique Kerber’s road to the final
Angelique Kerber saved a match point to get past Misaki Doi in the first round and then never looked back. She beat only one seed en route to the final: Victoria Azarenka that many saw as Serena’s main rival in Melbourne.
|R1||Misaki Doi||6-7 7-6 6-3|
|R2||Alexandra Dulgheru||6-2 6-4|
|R3||Madison Brengle||6-1 6-3|
|R4||Annika Beck||6-4 6-0|
|QF||Victoria Azarenka ||6-3 7-5|
|SF||Johanna Konta||7-5 6-2|
Serena Williams – Angelique Kerber head to head: 5-1
Serena and Angelique met six times, each time on hard court:
|2007||US Open R1||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 7-5|
|2012||Cincinnati QF||Hard||Angelique Kerber||6-4 6-4|
|2012||WTA Championships R1||Hard||Serena Williams||6-4 6-1|
|2013||WTA Championships R1||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 6-1|
|2014||Miami QF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-2 6-2|
|2014||Stanford F||Hard||Serena Williams||7-6 6-3|
Only three players have beaten in a Grand Slam final so far: her sister Venus (2001 US Open and Wimbledon 2008), Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004 and Sam Stosur at the 2011 US Open. Will Angelique Kerber be the fourth?
Who will be the 2016 Australian Open champion?
- Serena Williams (38%, 41 Votes)
- Maria Sharapova (22%, 24 Votes)
- Other (14%, 15 Votes)
- Garbine Muguruza (9%, 10 Votes)
- Agnieszka Radwanska (7%, 8 Votes)
- Angelique Kerber (5%, 5 Votes)
- Simona Halep (2%, 2 Votes)
- Karolina Pliskova (1%, 1 Votes)
- Petra Kvitova (1%, 1 Votes)
- Venus Williams (0%, 0 Votes)
- Timea Bacsinszky (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 107
Angelique Kerber defeats Annika Beck 6-4 6-0
“It was really tough match today. First of all, congrats to Annika for an amazing week, well done to her. She’s a great player with great future.
The first set was very close. It was up and down with breaks and I just tried to stay in the match, be aggressive and take my moments.”