Angelique Kerber (born 18 January 1988) is a German-Polish professional tennis player.
Having made her professional debut in 2003, Kerber rose to prominence upon reaching the semifinals of the 2011 US Open, at which time she was ranked no. 92 in the world. She achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 2 on February 1, 2016 and is the highest-ranked European and left-handed player on the WTA Tour.
Known for her aggressive counter-punching game and left-handed shots, Kerber has won eight singles titles and at least one title on every surface on the WTA Tour, most notably her first Grand Slam title at the 2016 Australian Open. She has won a further five titles at the Premier-level tournaments of Paris (indoors), Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham and Stanford. Furthermore, she has won eleven singles, and three doubles titles on the ITF tour during her career.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 2003–2007: Career beginnings
- 2.2 2008–2010: Slow and steady rise, first WTA final
- 2.3 2011: Breakthrough, US Open semifinal
- 2.4 2012: First WTA title, Wimbledon semifinal and Top 5 ranking
- 2.5 2013: Continued success
- 2.6 2014: Steady ranking and Fed Cup final
- 2.7 2015: Winning four WTA titles
- 2.8 2016: First Grand Slam title
- 3 Career statistics
- 3.1 Grand Slam tournament finals
- 3.1.1 Singles: 1 (1–0)
- 3.2 Grand Slam performance timeline
- 3.2.1 Singles
- 3.2.2 Doubles
- 3.1 Grand Slam tournament finals
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Angelique Kerber was born in Bremen, to her Polish father Sławomir Kerber and her German mother Beata (née Rzeźnik, daughter of a Polish businessman Janusz Rzeźnik), and has one sister, Jessica. She started playing tennis aged three and eventually joined the junior circuit. She lives in Puszczykowo, where her maternal grandfather Janusz Rzeźnik built Tennis Academy ‘Angie’ for her. 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 aged 15. Kerber speaks German, Polish and English. She also holds dual German-Polish citizenship, although she has competed for Germany since the start of her career.
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2003–2007: Career beginnings
In 2003, Kerber obtained her first top 100 victory by defeating Marion Bartoli in the qualifying draw of the WTA German Open. In 2004, Kerber started the year by reaching the final of an ITF event in Warsaw, but lost to Marta Domachowska. She attained her first ITF title entering as a qualifier in Opole, defeating Elena Tatarkova in the final. In 2005 Kerber competed in the ITF events and qualifying draws. She reached one final in Monzon, losing to Olena Antypina.
2006 was a more successful year for the German as she reached four ITF finals, winning three of them. She was runner-up in Přerov, but then won three events in Saguenay, Glasgow and Jersey. 2006 was also the year that Kerber attained her first WTA tour main draw victory, at the Gaz de France Stars, over world number 48 Romina Oprandi. She later lost to Ana Ivanovic.
In 2007, Kerber won four ITF titles. Having defended her title in Saguenay by defeating fellow German Sabine Lisicki, she won in Las Palmas, in Turkey, and again in Přerov. She also reached three other finals finishing as runner-up. 2007 was Kerber’s Grand Slam debut year. 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 2007 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.
2008–2010: Slow and steady rise, first WTA final
In 2008 Kerber attained her first Grand Slam victory in the 2008 Australian Open by beating Maret Ani, before losing to Francesca Schiavone. She then reached the second round of the 2008 Pattaya Women’s Open, the third round of the 2008 Pacific Life Open and the second round of 2008 Sony Ericsson Open. She also lost in the first rounds of the 2008 Estoril Open, the 2008 Qatar Total Open, the 2008 Qatar Telecom German Open and the 2008 French Open. She reached the second round at both the 2008 DFS Classic and the 2008 Ordina Open. She lost in the first round of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships 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 tour she won a tournament in Pozoblanco, Spain, defeating Kristína Kučová in the final.
In 2010, Kerber qualified for the 2010 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 2010 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 2010 MPS Group Championships, losing to Varvara Lepchenko. She also reached the third round of the 2010 Family Circle Cup, losing to Daniela Hantuchová, and the quarterfinal of the 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem losing to Renata Voráčová. At the 2010 French Open she lost in the second round to Aravane Rezaï. On grass, she reached the third round of the 2010 Aegon Classic, losing to eventual champion Li Na, and the first round of the 2010 UNICEF Open, losing to Justine Henin. She played in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where she made it to the third round after defeating Sania Mirza and upsetting thirteenth seed Shahar Pe’er, but lost against Jarmila Groth.
2011: Breakthrough, 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 2011 US Open ranked 92nd in the world. After defeating young American Lauren Davis in three sets, she came up against the 12th seed Agnieszka Radwańska in round two and pulled off a shock 6–3, 4–6, 6–3 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 2012 ASB Classic. She defeated Marina Erakovic in the first round; fifth 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 fourth seeded Flavia Pennetta.
At the 2012 Australian Open, Kerber was the 30th seed. In the first round, she defeated the wildcard local Bojana Bobusic in straight sets. In the second round she faced Canadian Stéphanie Dubois and defeated her. In the third round, she faced fourth seed Maria Sharapova and lost, winning only three games in the match. As a result, Kerber rose to her career high singles ranking of world number 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 beat her too. She then played the number one seed Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals, beating her in straight sets. This set up a semifinal match against the unseeded Yanina Wickmayer which Kerber won. In the final, She played second seed Marion Bartoli in the final and claimed the title, defeating the Frenchwoman in three sets.