Angelique Kerber looks for repeat at Australian Open
The Australian Open begins Sunday, Jan. 15 on ESPN2 and in the women’s singles bracket tennis fans may finally be turning their attention to someone who doesn’t have Williams for a last name. Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, entered 2017 with the WTA’s top women’s singles ranking. As 2016 wore on, her stock continued to rise as that of Serena Williams continued downward. Now it’s time for the first Grand Slam event of the year from Melbourne Park, where it has been held since 1988.
Kerber no doubt earned her top ranking throughout 2016. After losing in the finals at the Brisbane International to start the year, she bounced back later that month and defeated Serena Williams in Sydney at the Australian Open, her first Grand Slam victory, after entering the tournament as a seventh seed. She won another title in front of her fellow countrymen (and women) in April at the WTA Tour Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. After a disappointing first round loss to Kiki Bertens at the French Open she bounced back, but still came up short to Williams in the women’s final at Wimbledon.
Kerber played in Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro where she earned a silver medal after bowing to Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, but promptly responded less than a month later with another Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open. Overall she won three titles in 2016 and finished as the runner up in five others, including the Rio Olympics.
Born: Jan. 18, 1988
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Height: 5 foot 8 inches
Turned Pro: 2003
Career Record: 520 – 268
Honors and Achievements: Australian Open winner, 2016; U.S. Open winner, 2016; Olympic silver medalist, 2016 (for Germany)