US Open: Angelique Kerber fails in the first round - Sport
There are such games in tennis, the pure result tells only a small part of the story, and sometimes, when looking at the result, one asks: What in the world might it have just happened? Angelique Kerber and Kristina Mladenovic (France) had a thrilling and high-class match in the opening round of the US Open at the grandstand, a tactical treat. Mladenovic repeatedly sprinkled high topspin balls, slow slices and soulful stops, annoying Kerber, who likes to pick up the pace of the opponent and then counter precisely and powerfully.
The result at the end: 7: 5, 0: 6, 6: 4 for Mladenovic. What on earth has happened?
One explanation: Mladenovic had to be treated in the second set on the back, a nerve was trapped and maybe they gave this passage therefore almost without resistance. You could also say that there would be such a game with such a crazy result just once in a lifetime - if not so often at Kerber would happen: One third of their games this year went over the full set distance, the result against Daria Kasatkina (Russia) recently in Toronto: 6: 0, 2: 6, 4: 6.
Kerber is one of the fittest players on the tour
Kerber has made the best possible results from her playful skills, she has won three Grand Slam tournaments and has marketed these successes well. The magazine Forbes led them to third place last year with $ 11.8 million (including $ 6.5 million from sponsors) on the list of top-earning female athletes. Mind you, not just in tennis. Only Serena Williams (USA) and Naomi Osaka (Japan) have earned even more.
She is one of the fittest players on the tour, she counters precise and powerful and is therefore considered one of the most unpleasant opponents, especially for top players. Only, and even if that sounds like a terrible phrase, many, maybe even all, aspects of their playing style have to work well together and work together to make the greatest possible success - otherwise even the earliest possible failure threatens like in Toronto and New York Cincinnati. Even at Wimbledon less than two months ago, the second round was over.
Kerber can bite back into games, get into tournaments, with every success grow the confidence in their own abilities and thus the belief in the greatest possible success to celebrate. It has not worked very many things recently, Kerber has separated after only eight months of coach Rainer Schüttler and traveled without coach to the tournaments in North America. There she won no game, there were three defeats in the first round.