LONDON (Reuters) – Former world primary Angelique Kerber stated her Wimbledon triumph on Saturday wouldn’t have been potential with out experiencing the lows of final 12 months’s slide down the rankings.
The 30-year-old produced an excellent show to beat Serena Williams 6-Three 6-Three and turn out to be the primary German since Steffi Graf in 1996 to raise the Venus Rosewater Dish on Centre Court docket.
Kerber additionally beat Williams within the 2016 Australian Open remaining and is the one participant, other than Serena’s older sister Venus, to beat her twice in a Grand Slam remaining.
She additionally received the U.S. Open in 2016 and misplaced to Serena within the Wimbledon remaining, rising to primary within the WTA rankings.
The left-hander struggled to cope with the added focus final 12 months, although, when she did not win a title and slid from primary to 21 within the rankings.
It was a time for soul-searching however the expertise made her stronger and she or he has rebounded in type, reaching the Australian Open remaining and the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
“I feel with out 2017 I couldn’t win this event,” Kerber, who will rise again to world quantity 4, advised reporters.
“I feel I realized quite a bit from final 12 months, with all of the expectation, all of the issues I’m going via. I realized so many issues about myself.
“I additionally wanted to seek out the motivation after 2016, which was superb. To make once more such a 12 months is inconceivable. However I simply tried to enhance my recreation, not suppose an excessive amount of in regards to the outcomes.”
Bremen-born Kerber stated her first experiences of Wimbledon had been watching seven-times champion Graf.
Their video games are usually not too related.
Attacking right-hander Graf relied on her huge forehand and serve whereas left-hander Kerber is extra of a counter-puncher, as she exhibited to nice impact on Saturday when coping with the inevitable Williams barrage.
“She was taking part in very totally different to me, plenty of slice and taking part in sturdy off the forehand and having serve,” Kerber advised reporters. “However the factor I took from her was her motion and that she hit plenty of balls again, but additionally with intent.
“She was going on the market having her thoughts solely on the court docket and taking part in each single match her greatest tennis.”
Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles spanned 12 years.
Whereas Kerber’s rise has come later in her profession she says she is now higher geared up to deal with being one of many gamers everybody needs to beat.
“While you’ve reached the highest gamers don’t have anything to lose once they play towards you,” she stated. “I feel that was a part of what I needed to study after 2016, a course of I needed to undergo.”
Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Ed Osmond