The French Open can come! Angelique Kerber at her best in time for her second Grand Slam of the season. In Strasbourg, Germany’s top seed celebrated the title surprisingly.
Angelique Kerber at her best just before the start of the French Open. Germany’s top seed won the WTA Championships in Strasbourg on Saturday, thus celebrating with perfect rehearsals for the classic clay court starting Sunday in Paris.
In the event final, which took home €203,024, Kerber triumphed in a real thriller against Slovenian Kaja Jovan with 7:6 (7:5), 6:7 (0:7), 7:6 (7:5).
For Kerber (34), it was his first championship win since winning the turf event in Bad Homburg in June last year. The three-time Grand Slam winner last won on sand six years ago in Stuttgart. The player from Kiel used her second match point against Jovan after 3:14 hours. In general, this was the fourteenth title of her career.
“It was a great week for me”
“It’s been a great week for me,” Kerber said after her win. “I improved from game to game and at the end of the day I had a bit of luck.” Over three hours later, Kerber perfected the win with a superb pass. She received 26,770 euros for her victory.
After a series of losses, Kerber accepted a wildcard for the tournament in order to gain training for the match with the aim of the French Open. This plan worked perfectly. In Paris, Kerber meets magnate Magdalena Fritsch in the first round.
Kerber and Govan, younger than 13, had a big fight for three sets. In the first two sets, Kerber received a quick break early, but fought back both times, so that the decision had to be made in the tiebreak. In the first set, Kerber had the best finish to himself, in the second division, Jovan tied the set 7-0 in the tiebreak. In the third round, Kerber initially received the serve from the Slovenian, but immediately got a re-break. The decision had to be made again in the tiebreak. In the end, Kerber won the title with great willpower. (dpa)