|Intro||German tennis player|
|A.K.A.||Анђелика Кербер, Ангелик Кербер, Ангел...|
|Is||Athlete Tennis player|
|Birth||18 January 1988, Bremen, Germany|
Angelique Kerber ([ʔandʒɛˈliːk ˈkɛɐ̯bɐ]; born 18 January 1988) is a German professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 and winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, she made her professional debut in 2003 and rose to prominence upon reaching the semifinals of the 2011 US Open as the No. 92-ranked player in the world. She ascended to the top of the rankings on 12 September 2016, thus becoming the twenty-second and oldest player to achieve the number-one ranking for the first time.
A continually high-ranking left-handed female tennis player, Kerber has won 12 career singles titles across all surfaces on the WTA Tour, including the aforementioned three Grand Slam titles: the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 US Open and the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. She has also won an Olympic silver medal while representing Germany at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Kerber is currently ranked world No. 18 as of 6 January 2020.
Kerber was born in Bremen to Polish parents Sławomir Kerber, from Poznań, and Beata (née Rzeźnik), who is her manager. She has one sister, Jessica. She grew up in Kiel and started playing tennis at age three, eventually joining the junior circuit. In 2012, Kerber moved to Puszczykowo; a suburb of Poznań, Poland, where her maternal grandfather owns an indoor tennis facility. She made inroads at events in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, but did not win a junior title before 2003, at which point she had already turned professional at age 15. Kerber speaks German, Polish and English and holds dual German-Polish citizenship. She has competed for Germany since the start of her career. In an interview Kerber clarified that, despite strong Polish connection, she considers herself German: "I am German. I play for Germany, I grew up in Germany, and my heart beats for Germany"; however, another time she said: "my heart beats for Poland too". A huge football fan, Kerber has cited German club FC Bayern Munich as her favourite team. Although born right-handed, she plays left-handed. Kerber has frequently cited former German tennis player Steffi Graf as her childhood idol and her motivation for pursuing tennis.
2007–2010: Steady rise and first WTA final
Kerber made her Grand Slam debut year in 2007. She competed in her first Grand Slam main draw at the French Open where she lost to Elena Dementieva in the opening round. She then reached her first main draw quarterfinal at the Ordina Open, before losing to eventual champion Anna Chakvetadze. At Wimbledon, she once again lost to Chakvetadze in the first round. Then at the US Open, she drew Serena Williams in the first round and lost in straight sets.
Kerber attained her first Grand Slam victory in 2008 at the Australian Open by defeating Maret Ani, before losing to Francesca Schiavone. She then reached the second round of the Pattaya Women's Open, the third round of the Pacific Life Open and the second round of Sony Ericsson Open. She also lost in the first rounds of the Estoril Open, the Qatar Total Open, the German Open and the French Open. She reached the second round at both the DFS Classic and the Ordina Open. She lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Elena Baltacha but went on to win back-to-back ITF titles in Spain and France. In 2009, Kerber only won three WTA main-draw matches and reached the second round of the US Open as a qualifier where she lost to María José Martínez Sánchez. On the ITF Circuit she won a tournament in Pozoblanco, Spain, defeating Kristína Kučová in the final.
In 2010, Kerber qualified for the Australian Open where she reached her first third round in a Grand Slam by upsetting Olga Govortsova and 23rd seed Aravane Rezaï before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in a close three-setter. She then reached her first WTA tour final in Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, losing to Mariana Duque Mariño after upsetting top-seed Gisela Dulko in the semifinal.
She then reached the second round of the MPS Group Championships, losing to Varvara Lepchenko. She also reached the third round of the Family Circle Cup, losing to Daniela Hantuchová, and the quarterfinal of the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem losing to Renata Voráčová. At the French Open she lost in the second round to Aravane Rezaï. On grass, she reached the third round of the Aegon Classic, losing to eventual champion Li Na, and the first round of the UNICEF Open, losing to Justine Henin. She played in the Wimbledon Championships, where she made it to the third round after defeating Sania Mirza and upsetting 13th seed Shahar Pe'er, but lost against Jarmila Groth.
2011: Career breakthrough and US Open semifinal
Kerber reached her first quarterfinal of the year at the start of the season at the Hobart International, losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. That led to a six-match losing streak which lasted until the Bahamas Women's Open, where she reached the final before losing to Anastasiya Yakimova. She then reached the second round in Miami, losing to Francesca Schiavone. Kerber lost in the first round of Wimbledon to 17-year-old Laura Robson.
Kerber entered the US Open ranked 92nd in the world. After defeating American Lauren Davis in three sets, she came up against the 12th seed Agnieszka Radwańska in round two and pulled off a shock three set victory result to advance to the third round for the first time. There, she faced unseeded Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, winning in straight sets, and followed it up with victory in the fourth round against Monica Niculescu. Appearing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Kerber surprised 26th seed Flavia Pennetta in three sets to advance to the semifinal, where she lost against the ninth seed, and eventual champion, Samantha Stosur. Kerber reached a career high ranking of world No. 34 after the tournament.
After the Asian swing, Kerber qualified for the Pan Pacific Open where she defeated Bojana Jovanovski in the first round before losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska. She then reached the semifinals at Osaka where she lost to eventual champion Marion Bartoli. She finished the year as world No. 32.
2012: First WTA title, Wimbledon semifinal and top 5 ranking
Kerber's first tournament was the ASB Classic. She defeated Marina Erakovic in the first round; 5th seed Julia Görges in the second round; and the top seed, Sabine Lisicki, in the quarterfinal, when Lisicki retired due to a back injury. She lost her semifinal match to 4th seeded Flavia Pennetta.
At the Australian Open, Kerber was the 30th seed. She reached the third round and lost to Maria Sharapova. As a result, Kerber rose to her career high singles ranking of world No. 27.
At the 2012 Fed Cup, Kerber played for Germany against the Czech Republic, teaming up along Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld. Her only rubber was a singles match which she played against Lucie Hradecká. She won the tie, producing Germany's only win in the play-off. Her next tournament was the Open GDF Suez where she was the ninth seed, and where she won her first ever WTA title. In the first round, she faced Lucie Šafářová and won in straight sets. In round two, she faced Monica Niculescu and defeated her too. She then played the top seed Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals, defeating her in straight sets. This set up a semifinal match against the unseeded Yanina Wickmayer which Kerber won. She played 2nd seed Marion Bartoli in the final and claimed the title, defeating the Frenchwoman in three sets.
She then entered the Qatar Total Open where she met Sabine Lisicki again, defeating her in the first round. She lost to unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round. Kerber's next tournament was the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Receiving a bye in the first round as the 18th seed, she defeated Sloane Stephens in her opening match, advancing to the fourth round via default over Vania King, who withdrew, and then produced another win from behind against Christina McHale. Kerber upset eighth seed Li Na in the quarterfinals before her successful week came to an end, losing to world number one and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka. Her ranking improved to a career high of No. 14 as a result of that run in California. In Miami, Kerber was upset in her opener against Zheng Jie.
Kerber's next stop was the e-Boks Open in Copenhagen where she was the second seed. In her opener, she struggled past Stéphanie Foretz Gacon and then defeated Anne Keothavong and fellow German Mona Barthel. After that, she defeated third seed and former world No. 1 Jelena Janković to reach her third career WTA final, and second of the year. She won the title, defeating the top seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. Kerber represented Germany in the Fed Cup semifinal tie against Australia in Stuttgart, losing to Samantha Stosur in her first match before defeating Olivia Rogowska. Germany lost the tie, however, at 3–2. At Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Kerber advanced to the quarterfinals, with wins over Roberta Vinci and 6th seed Caroline Wozniacki, before losing to 3rd seed Petra Kvitová. At the Mutua Madrid Open, she lost to Li Na in the round of 16. She then reached the semifinals of the Rome Masters after avenging her loss to Kvitová in the last eight, there she succumbed to Sharapova in straight sets. She then reached the quarterfinals of the French Open where she lost to eventual finalist Sara Errani.
Kerber reached the final of the Eastbourne grass court tournament, losing to Tamira Paszek, having served for the championship at 5–3 in the deciding set and missing five match points. At the Wimbledon Championships, Kerber was seeded No. 8. In the first round, she defeated Lucie Hradecká. In the second round, she defeated Ekaterina Makarova. She also defeated the No. 28 seed Christina McHale in round three. In the fourth round, she won easily against the former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters in two sets, booking a place in the quarterfinals in just 49 minutes. In the quarterfinal, she defeated fellow German and 15th seeded Sabine Lisicki in three sets, having been down a break in the third. In the semifinal, she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska.
At the London Olympics, Kerber was ranked No. 7. She defeated Petra Cetkovská in the first round, Tímea Babos in the second round and Venus Williams in the third, before losing to top seed Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals. In the mixed doubles, she played with Philipp Petzschner, losing in round one, and in the women's doubles she partnered Sabine Lisicki, losing in round two.
Her first tournament of the US Open Series was the Rogers Cup, where she lost in the third round to Roberta Vinci. She then played the Western & Southern Open, defeating Tímea Babos in the second round and Andrea Hlaváčková in the third round. In the quarterfinals, Kerber defeated Serena Williams for the first time, winning in straight sets. This snapped Williams's 19-match winning streak. Kerber then defeated Petra Kvitová in the semifinal. However, she fell to Li Na in the final in three sets. At the US Open, Kerber, seeded 6th, struggled to victory over unseeded Venus Williams in the second round. She lost in the fourth round to Sara Errani.
Kerber's next tournament was the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She made it to the semifinals before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska. She reached the quarterfinals of the China Open, but against Maria Sharapova. At the season's conclusion, Kerber competed in her first year-end Championships, where she was seeded fifth. She exited the tournament in the round robin stage, without winning any matches.
2013: Continued success
Kerber began 2013 at the Brisbane International where she was seeded 4th. She defeated Anna Tatishvili and Monica Puig before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals. She then competed in Sydney as the second seed where she lost to Dominika Cibulková in the semifinals. Kerber reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, making this the furthest she had ever progressed in the tournament. Along the way, she defeated Elina Svitolina, Lucie Hradecká, and Madison Keys. She was subsequently defeated by Ekaterina Makarova after struggling with a back injury.
Kerber would reach the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open, and the third round in Miami, losing to Caroline Wozniacki and Sorana Cîrstea respectively. Kerber then reached her first final of 2013 in Monterrey as the top seed. She lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.
To kick off the clay court season, Kerber represented Germany in their Fed Cup World Group play-off against Serbia. After defeating Bojana Jovanovski in her first rubber, Kerber fell to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. This was immediately followed by a run to the semifinals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she fell in three sets to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. Kerber then played the Mutua Madrid Open as the 6th seed. She reached the quarterfinals after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova but was then being defeated by Ivanovic, again in straight sets; it was Kerber's second loss against her in three weeks. At the French Open, Kerber reached the fourth round, only to be beaten there by Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets.
Kerber made an early exit from Wimbledon, where she was a semifinalist the year before, losing in three sets to Kaia Kanepi in the second round.
Kerber made a quarterfinal appearance in Washington where she lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková. At the 2013 Western & Southern Open, Kerber lost to Li Na in the third round. She reached the fourth round of the US Open, losing to Carla Suárez Navarro.
In September, Kerber reached her second final of 2013 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, but lost to Petra Kvitová in three sets. The following week at the China Open, she reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska. At the Generali Ladies Linz, Kerber won her third WTA title, defeating two-time champion Ana Ivanovic and filled the last spot at the WTA Championships. In her second outing there, Kerber did not advance past the round robin stage. She defeated Radwańska but suffered losses to Serena Williams and Kvitová.
2014: Steady ranking and Fed Cup final
Kerber's first singles event of the season was at the Brisbane International, reaching the quarterfinals. In Sydney, Kerber made the final, only to lose to Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets. In the fourth round of the Australian Open, she was defeated by Flavia Pennetta in three sets. At the Open GdF Suez in Paris, she made it to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual tournament champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Kerber played for Germany in the Fed Cup in February. She contributed to defeating Slovakia by winning both of her singles rubbers, defeating Dominika Cibulková and Daniela Hantuchová respectively. Kerber then reached the final in Doha, losing to Simona Halep. She lost her opening match at the BNP Paribas Open to María Teresa Torró Flor and reached the quarterfinals in Miami, where she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets.
Following early losses in Madrid and Rome, Kerber reached the quarterfinals at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup tournament, losing to eventual finalist Karolína Plíšková. At the French Open, Kerber lost to Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round.
Kerber reached the final at the Aegon International, losing to Madison Keys in three sets. At Wimbledon, Kerber was seeded 9th and defeated Urszula Radwańska, Heather Watson, and Kirsten Flipkens to reach the fourth round, where she defeated Maria Sharapova. In the quarterfinals, she lost to Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets.
In July, Kerber participated in Stanford where she was the 3rd seed. She had a first round bye and, in her opening match, faced CoCo Vandeweghe, whom she defeated in three sets. Then she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza and Varvara Lepchenko to reach the final, her fourth final of 2014. There she faced Serena Williams and lost despite having a lead in the first set. The following week, she played in Montreal where she was the 6th seed. She received a first round bye again. Then she defeated Caroline Garcia before losing to the resurging Venus Williams in a tough three setter. Kerber was the sixth seed at the Western & Southern Open and won her second round match against Makarova in straight sets after receiving a first round bye. She then lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. Kerber also lost in the third round of the US Open to unseeded 17-year-old Belinda Bencic, after having defeated Ksenia Pervak and Alla Kudryavtseva in the first and second rounds respectively.
Kerber next participated at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was the top seed. Again having a first-round bye, she reached the semifinals by defeating Elina Svitolina and Dominika Cibulková before losing to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic. At the Wuhan Open, Kerber defeated Zarina Diyas and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová to reach the quarterfinals. She then lost to Svitolina. The following week at the China Open, she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in round 3. Kerber did not qualify for the WTA Finals but entered the tournament as an alternate. Kerber finished 2014 by representing Germany in the Fed Cup final. She lost her first match to Lucie Šafářová in straight sets. In her next match, she faced fellow top-ten Petra Kvitová. Despite losing the first set tiebreak, she avoided a second set bagel by coming back to win it 6–4. She ended up losing the match when Kvitová launched her comeback from 1–4 down in the third set, to win it 6–4, giving the Czech team the title.
2015: Four WTA titles
Kerber began the 2015 season at the Brisbane International, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Elina Svitolina in straight sets. She then defeated Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the Apia International Sydney and went on to reach the semifinals before losing to Karolína Plíšková. At the Australian Open, she suffered a first round loss to Irina-Camelia Begu, it was the first time Kerber had lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon in 2011. Kerber then represented Germany in the Fed Cup where the Germans faced Australia in round 1. She lost her 1st match to Jarmila Gajdošová in three sets but then defeated Samantha Stosur in straight sets in her next match.
At the Diamond Games, Kerber suffered a shocking straight sets loss to Francesca Schiavone in her opener. Following the loss, Kerber dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2012. At Dubai, Kerber lost to Flavia Pennetta in the third round in three sets. The following week in Doha, Kerber drew wildcard Victoria Azarenka in the first round and lost in straight sets. In March, Kerber was seeded 13th in Indian Wells and received a first round bye. However, she fell to Sloane Stephens in her opening match. At the Miami Open, Kerber was once again the 13th seed and had a first round bye. She overcame British player Heather Watson in the second round to face Kuznetsova but lost in three sets.
At the Family Circle Cup, Kerber overcame a 4–2 third-set deficit to defeated Evgeniya Rodina and then cruised past Lara Arruabarrena to reach the last eight. Her run continued with a win over Irina-Camelia Begu in two tiebreak sets and a straight sets win over fellow German and defending champion Andrea Petkovic to advance to her first final of 2015 where she faced Madison Keys. She fought back from a 4–1 third set deficit to win, claiming her fourth WTA title and her first since Linz in October 2013. This was her first title on clay. Kerber then played for Germany against Russia in the semifinals of the Fed Cup. She did not play on the first day, but on the second day she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, with the loss of one game. The win, however, was not enough as Germany lost in the doubles allowing Russia to advance to the final.
At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Kerber was unseeded and started her run by defeating Alexa Glatch in straight sets. In the second round, she defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets. She then defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Madison Brengle in straight sets to reach the final where she came back from being a set down and 5–3 down in the final set to defeated Caroline Wozniacki in three sets. This was her fifth career title and saw her extend her winning streak on clay to eleven matches for the season.
Kerber's winning streak came to an end in the hands of Samantha Stosur in the opening round in Madrid, which Kerber lost in three sets. At the Italian Open, Kerber made it to the second round after defeating Alizé Cornet but lost to Begu. At Nürnberg, Kerber made it to semifinals, but conceded a walkover to Roberta Vinci. At the French Open, Kerber was seeded 11th and defeated both Tímea Babos and Ajla Tomljanović in straight sets to reach round three, where she lost to Garbiñe Muguruza.
Kerber began her grass-court season at the Aegon Classic as the fourth seed and received a first-round bye. She advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Tsvetana Pironkova and Jelena Janković. She then overcame Kateřina Siniaková in straight sets to set up an all-German semifinal where she faced Sabine Lisicki in their first meeting since Wimbledon in 2012. Kerber won the match in straight sets and subsequently advanced to her third final of the season where she defeated Karolina Plíšková in a tight three-setter for her 6th career title and her first on grass. This marked the first time Kerber had won more than two titles in a season. At the Wimbledon Championships as the 10th seed, Kerber easily defeated Carina Witthöft and Pavlyuchenkova to advance to the third round where she lost to eventual finalist Muguruza in three sets.
Kerber began her summer hard-court season at the Bank of the West Classic as the fifth seed. Defending finalist points, Kerber defeated Daria Gavrilova and Ana Konjuh in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. There, she faced 2nd seed Agnieszka Radwańska, whom she defeated in a three-set marathon match in two and a half hours to reach the last four. She then avenged her loss to Svitolina earlier in the year, overpowering the Ukrainian in straight sets to reach the final where she faced Plíšková again. Kerber won in three sets to collect her seventh career title. Kerber then reached the round of 16 at Toronto after defeating a pair of qualifiers Misaki Doi and Monica Puig but then fell short to Simona Halep in three sets. She was then defeated by Belinda Bencic in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in straight sets. At the US Open, 11th seeded Kerber defeated Alexandra Dulgheru and Karin Knapp in straight sets to set up a third-round match with Azarenka, a match she lost in three sets.
During the Asian swing, Kerber reached the quarterfinals in Tokyo where she lost to Wozniacki in three sets. At the Wuhan Open, Kerber reached the last eight after dispatching Jelena Janković and Camila Giorgi. She then advanced to the semifinals after CoCo Vandeweghe retired in the second set. In the semifinals, she faced Muguruza for the fourth time that season and lost in straight sets. Her next tournament was the China Open where she had a first round bye. She advanced to the last eight after seeing off both Dominika Cibulková and 8th seed Wozniacki in straight sets. She then succumbed to Radwańska in straight sets. Kerber then received a wildcard into the Hong Kong Open where she was the 2nd seed. She safely advanced to the final where she faced Janković but fell in three sets. It was announced on 21 October that Kerber had qualified for the WTA Finals. As the sixth seed, she was drawn into the same group with Muguruza and fellow left-handed players Petra Kvitová and Lucie Šafářová. She exited in the round-robin stage, managing just one win over Kvitová.
2016: Two Majors, Olympic Silver and world No. 1
Kerber began the year at the Brisbane International, defeating Camila Giorgi, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Carla Suárez Navarro to reach the final where she came up short to Victoria Azarenka. In Sydney, she withdrew with gastrointestinal illness after defeating Elina Svitolina in the opening round.
Kerber was the seventh seed at the Australian Open and defeated Misaki Doi in the first round, having been a match point down. She then scored a triplet of straight-set wins over Alexandra Dulgheru, Brengle, and compatriot Annika Beck to reach her first quarterfinal in Melbourne, completing the sweep of quarterfinal appearances at all four Grand Slams in the process. In the quarterfinals, she avenged her Brisbane loss by defeating two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, her first win against the Belarusian, to advance to her third Grand Slam semifinal. Kerber defeated Johanna Konta in straight sets to reach her maiden Grand Slam final where she defeated defending champion and then-world No. 1 Serena Williams, earning her first Grand Slam title and becoming the first German to do so since 1999. She also achieved her highest ranking to date as world No. 2 with her win.
Her next appearance was at the Fed Cup. In Germany's tie against Switzerland, Kerber scored a straight-set win over Timea Bacsinszky but lost to Belinda Bencic. She then withdrew from the Dubai Tennis Championships due to a right thigh injury. Kerber's next tournament was the Qatar Open. She had a first round bye but lost to Zheng Saisai in straight sets. At the BNP Paribas Open, Kerber lost her opening round to Denisa Allertová, giving Radwanska the opportunity to surpass her for the No. 2 spot by reaching the semifinals. However, this lasted a week before Kerber was able to reclaim her ranking in Miami by advancing to the semifinals.
Her next event was the Volvo Car Open, where she was the top seed and defending champion. She reached the semifinals to face Sloane Stephens and she was forced to retire due to a viral illness. Failing to defend her points, Kerber once again allowed Radwanska to surpass her as the world No. 2. She then served Germany to play the World Group Play-offs and defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets in her first match. Next, she defeated Simona Halep, losing only four games, to earn her first victory over the Romanian in four career meetings. Her two wins helped Germany to stay in the World Group next year by defeating Romania 4–1.
Her next tournament was the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she was the defending champion. She received a first-round bye and defeated Annika Beck, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Petra Kvitová to reach the final. There she faced compatriot and qualifier Laura Siegemund, who defeated three top-ten players en route to the final. Kerber managed to defend her title, winning ten games in a row from 2–4 down in the first set to defeated Siegemund in straight sets and ensure her second title of the year. Following opening-round losses in Madrid and Rome, Kerber also lost in the first round of the French Open to eventual semifinalist Kiki Bertens.
Prior to the Wimbledon Championships, Kerber played at the Birmingham Classic where she was the defending champion. She defeated Peng Shuai and Daria Gavrilova before losing to Carla Suárez in the quarterfinals. At the third Grand Slam of the year, she did not drop a set, defeating Laura Robson, Varvara Lepchenko, Carina Witthöft, Misaki Doi and Simona Halep en route to her second semifinal at the tournament. In the semifinals, she defeated Venus Williams in straight sets to advance to her second major final, on 9 July, where she lost in straight sets to Serena Williams in a rematch of their Australian Open encounter.
After her Wimbledon campaign, Kerber played at the Swedish Open where she withdrew before her second round match due to an injury. Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics, she played at the Rogers Cup, defeating Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, No. 17 seed Elina Svitolina (both in three sets) and Daria Kasatkina (losing only four games) en route to her first semifinal at the event. She then lost to Simona Halep in a rematch of their Wimbledon quarterfinal.
After the Olympic Games, Kerber participated in the Western & Southern Open. She had the opportunity to dethrone Serena Williams as the WTA world No. 1 if she won the title. Kerber defeated Kristina Mladenovic, Barbora Strýcová, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Simona Halep to reach the final, where she faced No. 15 seed Karolína Plíšková. She had defeated Plíšková in two finals last year, but Plíšková defeated Kerber this time. Kerber was, therefore, unable to unseat Williams at No. 1.
At the US Open, Kerber advanced to the finals after defeating Polona Hercog (who retired in the second set), Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, CiCi Bellis, Petra Kvitová, 2015 finalist Roberta Vinci and an unseeded two-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki en route. Her advance to the finals combined with Serena Williams' loss in the semifinals to 10th seeded Karolína Plíšková meant that she gathered enough points to successfully unseat Serena Williams as world No. 1, with this ranking reflected in the week starting 12 September 2016. She defeated Plíšková in three sets in the final to claim her second Grand Slam title.
In Wuhan, in her first tournament since claiming the world No. 1 ranking, Kerber defeated Kristina Mladenovic before losing to Petra Kvitová in 3 hours and 19 minutes. After Wuhan, Kerber traveled to Beijing, China to compete in the China Open. In her first two matches of the tournament, she defeated Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Strycova both in straight sets. In the round of 16, she lost to Elina Svitolina. Her next tournament she played was the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, there she defeated Maria Sakkari, in straight sets, and the American Louisa Chirico, in three sets, before losing in the quarterfinals to Australia's Daria Gavrilova in straight sets.
On 17 October 2016, Serena Williams pulled out of the WTA Finals in Singapore due to a shoulder injury. This withdrawal secured Kerber's spot at the summit of the WTA rankings for the rest of the year. This was Kerber's first time ending the year with the No. 1 ranking. As the top seed of the Tour Finals, Kerber was drawn in the red group alongside Simona Halep, Madison Keys, and Dominika Cibulková. She won all of her round robin matches, losing only one set to Cibulková en route to her first semifinal at the event. She then defeated defending champion Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets to reach the final to face Cibulková once again, to whom she lost in straight sets.
2017: Struggles with form and out of top 20
At the start of the 2017 season, Kerber competed in the Brisbane International as the top seed. After receiving a first round bye, Kerber won her opening match against Ashleigh Barty in three sets but then lost to Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals. Kerber then competed at Apia International Sydney where she received a first-round bye but proceeded to lose her opening match to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina.
After early lackluster performances, Kerber entered the Australian Open as the defending champion and top seed for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament. She faced Lesia Tsurenko in the first round and defeated her in three sets after squandering match point in the second set. Kerber then defeated compatriot Carina Witthöft in the second round and Kristýna Plíšková in the third round. Kerber then lost to CoCo Vandeweghe in the fourth round winning only five games and ending her title defense. After Serena Williams won the tournament, she amassed enough points to take back her top ranking from Kerber.
Her next two tournaments were the Qatar Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships. At the former, she received a first-round bye before losing to Daria Kasatkina once again. At the latter, Kerber also received a first-round bye and defeated Mona Barthel to set up a rematch of her Olympic final against Monica Puig, which she won in straight sets. She then defeated Ana Konjuh to reach her first semifinal in Dubai, losing there to Svitolina. This defeat prevented Kerber from returning to world No. 1.
At the BNP Paribas Open seeded 2nd, Kerber received a bye into the second round defeating fellow countrywoman Andrea Petkovic, followed by a tight three set win over Pauline Parmentier before losing to eventual champion Elena Vesnina in the fourth round. She lost to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals at the Miami event. Kerber regained the world No. 1 ranking after Serena Williams withdrew before the tournament with a knee injury. In Monterrey she reached the final.
Kerber began the clay court season with a loss in Stuttgart to eventual runner-up Kristina Mladenovic which dropped her from the top slot. Then she retired in the third match of Madrid, but due to Serena's absence became world No. 1 again. At the French Open, Kerber became the first WTA No. 1 in history to be ousted in the first round of the French Open, falling in straight sets to Ekaterina Makarova.
At the start of Kerber's grass court season, she reached the quarterfinals of the Eastbourne International, before being defeated by home favourite Johanna Konta. Kerber went out in the fourth round of Wimbledon, losing to eventual champion Garbiñe Muguruza. Due to Kerber's early exit and Simona Halep's loss to Johanna Konta in the semifinals, Karolína Plíšková became the new No. 1 after the tournament.
Her woes continued into the US hard court swing where she lost to Sloane Stephens in the opening round of the Rogers Cup. She suffered another opening-round loss to Ekaterina Makarova at the 2017 Western & Southern Open despite having a match point, and another first round loss to Naomi Osaka as the defending champion at the US Open. With this loss Kerber dropped out of the top 10.
Her struggles continued beyond the US Open. At the Toray Pan Pacific Open she took revenge on Naomi Osaka and defeated Daria Kasatkina and Karolina Pliskova before falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. At the Wuhan Open she lost in the first round to eventual champion Caroline Garcia. At the China Open she defeated Naomi Osaka again before losing to Alizé Cornet. At Luxembourg Kerber lost to Monica Puig. Having failed to qualify for the 2017 WTA Finals & losing both her round robin matches at 2017 WTA Elite Trophy, Kerber dropped out of top 20 for the first time since 2012.
On 16 November 2017, Kerber announced on Twitter that she had ended her partnership with longtime coach Torben Beltz and had hired Wim Fissette. Fissette would work with Kerber until 16 October of the following year.
2018: Wimbledon champion, resurgence and return to world No. 2
Kerber started her season at the Hopman Cup for the first time, and partnered with Alexander Zverev. Kerber remained undefeated in her singles matches there and helped Germany reach the final where they lost to Switzerland. Kerber then played at the Sydney International. She drew Lucie Safarova in the first round and saved two match points to defeat her in three sets. She then faced Venus Williams who she defeated in three sets as well to progress to the quarterfinals. She defeated former world No. 4 Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to reach the semifinals. With another win over an in-form Camila Giorgi she reached the final, where she defeated home favourite Ashleigh Barty to win her first title since winning the US Open in 2016.
At the Australian Open, she defeated compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam and Donna Vekic both in straight sets to advance to the third round where she faced former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova. Kerber defeated her in straight sets to advance to the fourth round, where she defeated Hsieh Su-wei to reach her first Slam quarterfinal since she won the US Open in 2016. She faced American Madison Keys and defeated her in just under an hour in straight sets to reach her second semifinal at the Australian Open. In the semifinal clash against world No. 1 Simona Halep both had two match points in the third set, but both were unsuccessful in conversion. The match ended 9–7 in the third set, with Halep winning after the fourth match point. With this performance, Kerber returned to the top 10 in 2018, ranked 9.
Kerber then played at Doha and reached the quarterfinals defeating Samantha Stosur and Johanna Konta. In the quarterfinals she lost to top seed Caroline Wozniacki in a three setter. She then played at Dubai Tennis Championship where she defeated Barbora Strycova and qualifier Sara Errani in straight sets in first and second rounds, respectively. In the quarterfinals she defeated 3rd seed Karolina Plíšková yet again in straight sets to set up a semifinal clash with top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine which she lost in straight sets. This was her fifth consecutive loss to Svitolina since the China Open 2016.
She then entered the Indian Wells Open. She defeated Ekaterina Makarova and defending champion Elena Vesnina, then defeated world. No. 7 Caroline Garcia before falling in the quarterfinals to Daria Kasatkina. Kerber reached again the quarterfinals in the second Premier Mandatory tournament of the year in Miami. She completed three matches by defeating Johanna Larsson, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Wang Yafan, before being defeated by reigning US Open and eventual Miami champion Sloane Stephens.
She played Fed Cup semifinal tie against Czech Republic. Kerber lost both of her single rubbers to Karolína Plíšková and Petra Kvitová respectively, both of her matches she lost in straight sets. She took the revenge from Kvitová in indoor clay tournament in Stuttgart in solid two sets. But retired in her next match against Anett Kontaveit from Estonia in the second set. Kerber missed the third Premier Mandatory tournament of the year in Madrid. Then entered Rome Masters as the 11th seed and showed results against Zarina Diyas, Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Sakkari, before earning her sixth straight defeat from Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals.
Kerber was seeded 12th at the French Open. In the opening round, she defeated Mona Barthel in straight sets. Kerber continued her form in the second round with a straight sets wins over Ana Bogdan. In the third round Kerber faced the 18th seed Kiki Bertens who had defeated her in the first round two years ago. Kerber took revenge by beating her in two tiebreak sets. With the win, she reached the fourth round with her opponent being seventh seed Caroline Garcia. She defeated Garcia in straight sets to reach her first French Open quarterfinals in six years. In the quarterfinal, Kerber lost to eventual champion Simona Halep in three sets. It was Kerber's best result at the French Open, equalling her result in 2012.
Kerber started the grass-court season as the second seed in Mallorca, where she lost in the first round to Alison Riske. In Eastbourne, Kerber lost in semifinals to Caroline Wozniacki, having defeated Dominika Cibulková, Danielle Collins and Daria Kasatkina en route. Kerber entered Wimbledon as the No. 11 seed. She defeated 2010 finalist Vera Zvonareva, 2017 Girls Champion Claire Liu, No. 18 seed Naomi Osaka and former top-ten player Belinda Bencic en route to the quarterfinals, where she became the highest seed left in the draw. She defeated Indian Wells finalist Daria Kasatkina and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach her second Wimbledon final. She faced and defeated Serena Williams in straight sets in a rematch of the 2016 final. With this victory, she returned to No. 4.
Kerber started her summer hard-court season at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. She was seeded fourth & lost in the second round to Alizé Cornet in straight sets. At the Cincinnati Masters in the second round Kerber defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three tight sets, but in another three-setter lost to American Madison Keys. At the US Open Kerber ousted Margarita Gasparyan & Johanna Larsson. Her trip was ended by Cibulková in round three in three sets.
The Asian campaign started in Wuhan. As the world No. 3, Kerber scored a win against Keys as the American retired in the second set, but then lost to defending finalist Ashleigh Barty. In Beijing, she managed wins against Kristina Mladenovic, Carla Suárez Navarro before loss to Zhang Shuai in three sets in the third round.
In October, she announced that she split with her coach, Wim Fissette, and she then competed the WTA Finals without a coach. She then was supported by her hitting partner Andre Wiesler.
Kerber commenced her WTA Finals with a loss in her first round-robin match against Kiki Bertens after winning the first set 6–1 and dropping the rest. She then won a three-set-thriller against US Open champion Naomi Osaka receiving an opportunity to re-enter the semifinals. Finally, Kerber lost to Sloane Stephens in straight sets and received third place in the Red Group.
By November, she had hired Rainer Schüttler as her new coach.
2019: Prominent struggling performances, out of top 10
Kerber played at the Hopman Cup alongside Alexander Zverev; they lost in the final to Switzerland in a rematch of the 2018 Hopman Cup final. In Sydney, Kerber entered as defending champion, defeating Camila Giorgi, but losing to Petra Kvitová in the quarterfinals. In the Australian Open, Kerber defeated Polona Hercog, Beatriz Haddad Maia (gaining her 100th Grand Slam win), and Kimberly Birrell in straight sets, only to be upset in R4 by Danielle Collins in straight sets.
At the Qatar Open, Kerber defeated Anett Kontaveit, then Barbora Strýcová, but lost in the semifinal to Elise Mertens. At the Dubai Open, she faced lucky loser Dalila Jakupović in the R2, and won in straight sets. In R3, she lost to Hsieh Su-wei in three sets.
At the Indian Wells Masters, Kerber reached a Premier Mandatory final for the first time in her career. It was her first Premier 5 or Premier Mandatory level final since 2016 Cincinnati Masters and first Premier Mandatory tournament final in her career. En route to the final, she defeated Yulia Putintseva, played two three-setters against Natalia Vikhlyantseva and world No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka, defeated old rivals Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic. In the final, Bianca Andreescu defeated Kerber 6–3, 3–6, 6–4 to win the title.
At the Miami Masters, Kerber entered as the eighth seed, defeating Karolína Muchová in three sets, then lost to Andreescu in three sets. In her handshake with Andreescu, Kerber called her "biggest drama queen ever," referencing Andreescu's numerous medical time outs during the match.
Kerber entered Monterrey Open as the first seed, defeating Kristína Kučová, Karolína Muchová and Kirsten Flipkens all in straight sets. In the semifinals, Kerber lost to Victoria Azarenka in three sets. In Stuttgart, her match against Donna Vekić was cancelled and instead defeated Andrea Petkovic in straight sets but lost to Kiki Bertens in the quarterfinals. In Madrid, she defeated Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets before withdrawing from her match against Petra Martić due to a right-thigh injury. In Paris, Kerber entered seeded fifth. Although she was widely expected to complete her career Grand Slam, she lost in the first round to Anastasia Potapova. Her match against Potapova was the first match played on the newly rebuilt Court Philippe Chatrier.
Kerber entered Mallorca Open as the top seed; she lost in the semifinals to Belinda Bencic. She followed that up with a runner-up finish at Eastbourne, falling to Karolína Plíšková in the final.
She entered Wimbledon as the defending champion and defeated fellow German Tatjana Maria in R1. In R2, she was shocked 6–2, 2–6, 1–6 by lucky loser Lauren Davis, despite Davis requiring several medical timeouts. As a result of this defeat, she fell out of the top 10 at the conclusion of Wimbledon. Kerber parted ways with her coach Rainer Schüttler.
In Toronto and Cincinnati, she suffered shock losses to Daria Kasatkina in three sets and to Kontaveit in straight sets, respectively. Kerber also entered as doubles in Cincinnati, with fellow German tennis player, Julia Görges, but lost in straight sets against 8th seeded doubles partners, Lucie Hradecká and Andreja Klepač.
She entered the US Open as the 14th seed and suffered a shock-loss in R1 to Kristina Mladenovic, 5–7, 6–0, 4–6. Kerber stated in her post-match interview that she had not reserved plans to find a new coach nor did she have plans to hire former coach Torben Beltz.
In Zhengzhou, Kerber accepted a wild card into the main draw, but was defeated by Alison Riske in R1 in three sets. In Osaka, Kerber received a bye into the second round, and defeated Nicole Gibbs and Madison Keys to reach the semis, where she lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. At Wuhan, Kerber was defeated in R1 by Monica Puig in three sets. Kerber reached semis in Toray Pan Pacific, where she lost again to Pavlyuchenkova. In Beijing, she entered as 10th seed, defeating home favorite, Zhang Shuai in three sets 6–2, 1–6, 6–4. After the match, a brawl between the people in Zhang's box and Kerber fans broke out. In R2, she was defeated by Polona Hercog in straight sets, 4–6, 2–6. She then withdrew from the Luxembourg Open and the WTA Elite Trophy due to a leg injury, finishing the year as World #20.
On November 21, Kerber announced that she has hired former World #130 Dieter Kindlmann as her coach. Kindlmann has worked with Elise Mertens, Madison Keys, Ajla Tomljanović, and was Maria Sharapova's hitting partner. On December 4, it was announced that Kerber will play in the inaugural 2020 Adelaide International.
Kerber started her season at Brisbane; her last entry into this tournament was in 2017. Her performance resulted in a shock first-round loss to Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur in straight sets, 7–6, 7–6. On January 12, before commencing the inaugural Adelaide International, she participated in an exhibition match alongside Simona Halep as part of the Rally for Resilience charity event, an effort to raise funds to aid the delivery of year-round sports program in socially-disadvantaged areas in South Australia. She then participated at Adelaide, where she was scheduled to face Sloane Stephens in the first round. Following the withdrawal of Petra Kvitová, however, Kerber was promoted to 9th Seed, and the match was cancelled. She defeated Wang Qiang in straight sets in the first round, but she retired from her match against Dayana Yastremska due to a left-hamstring injury, with Kerber down one set and a break. At the Australian Open, Kerber defeated Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Priscilla Hon, and Camila Giorgi, before falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the fourth round.
Kerber is a defensive baseliner, who has been noted for her speed, agility, athleticism, and footwork. She is known for her counterpunching style of play, extending rallies to attempt to draw an error out of more aggressive players and to win points relatively easily. Kerber has powerful groundstrokes, allowing her to hit winners from frequently defensive positions. Her forehand is widely considered her most dangerous weapon, with her being able to hit powerful shots with disguise and speed. Kerber is known for hitting her backhand whilst squatting, allowing her to generate considerable power and to create sharp angles on the court. Her serve is considered her major weakness, rarely serving aces and hitting, on average, fewer service winners than many of her fellow players.
Kerber has endorsement deals with Adidas, her clothing and shoe sponsor, and Yonex, her racquet sponsor. In early 2015, she became global ambassador of Stuttgart car manufacturer Porsche. In late 2016 she signed a deal with insurance group Generali. In late 2016, she became beauty ambassador for the US cosmetics company Bare Minerals, a Shiseido brand. In 2017, she became the global brand ambassador for Australian health snack brand Slim Secrets and signed with both the Swiss luxury watchmaker Rolex and the software corporation SAP. Kerber has also been named ambassador for children's charity UNICEF. In August 2019, Kerber announced that she became a brand ambassador for Head and Shoulders Suprême.
Her portfolio of endorsements has made her the second highest-paid female athlete in the world in the annual Forbes list of 2017.
Kerber has been coached in the past by Torben Beltz (2003—2004, 2011—2013, 2015—2017), Wim Fissette (November 2017—October 2018), and Rainer Schüttler (Nov 2018— July 2019). Her current coach is Dieter Kindlmann (November 2019—).
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
|Australian Open||Q1||2R||1R||3R||1R||3R||4R||4R||1R||W||4R||SF||4R||4R||1 / 13||32–12||73%|
|French Open||1R||1R||Q2||2R||1R||QF||4R||4R||3R||1R||1R||QF||1R||0 / 12||17–12||59%|
|Wimbledon||1R||1R||Q2||3R||1R||SF||2R||QF||3R||F||4R||W||2R||1 / 12||31–11||74%|
|US Open||1R||Q1||2R||1R||SF||4R||4R||3R||3R||W||1R||3R||1R||1 / 12||25–11||69%|
|Win–Loss||0–3||1–3||1–2||5–4||5–4||14–4||10–4||12–4||6–4||20–2||6–4||18–3||4–4||3–1||3 / 49||105–46||70%|
Grand Slam tournament finals
Singles: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Win||2016||Australian Open||Hard||Serena Williams||6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Loss||2016||Wimbledon||Grass||Serena Williams||5–7, 3–6|
|Win||2016||US Open||Hard||Karolína Plíšková||6–3, 4–6, 6–4|
|Win||2018||Wimbledon||Grass||Serena Williams||6–3, 6–3|
WTA Championships finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Loss||2016||WTA Finals, Singapore||Hard (i)||Dominika Cibulková||3–6, 4–6|
Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)
|Silver||2016||Summer Olympics||Hard||Monica Puig||4–6, 6–4, 1–6|
Awards and recognition
Kerber has received the following awards:
- WTA Player of the Year (2016)
- German Sportswoman of the Year (2016, 2018)
- US Open Sportsmanship Award (2016)
- ITF World Champion (2016)
- Nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year (2016)
- Named among espnW's Impact25 (2016)
- Named among "Europe's 30 under 30" by Forbes (2017)
- World's second highest-paid female athlete by Forbes (2017)
- Nominated 2018 WTA Player of the Year