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Angelique Kerber, the new champion on cards

The German Who Was Unknown Outside Her Home Country Before Australian Open, Has Risen To Number Two In The World Thanks To Her Spectacular Win.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pankaj Samantray | Updated on: 09 Jul 2016, 03:40:43 PM

New Delhi:

Germans are back in top position in Tennis. Earlier, Steffi Graf topped the charts with a record 22 Grand Slams wins and its Angelique Kerber turn. Kerber, the world number 2 who reached the Wimbledon Final 2016 for the first time will look to continue Graf’s legacy in WTA.

The German who was unknown outside her home country before Australian Open, has risen to number two in the world thanks to her spectacular win.   

Kerber, made her professional debut in 2003 and rose to fame upon reaching the semi-finals of the US Open in 2011. The southpaw achieved a career-high ranking of world No 2 earlier this year, when she won the Australian Open. Kerber has won nine singles titles, including her first Grand Slam title at the 2016 Australian Open.

In 2006, the German reached four ITF finals, winning three of them. 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 PÅ™erov. At the 2012 Fed Cup, Kerber played for Germany against the Czech Republic, teaming up along Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld. Kerber began 2013 at the 2013 Brisbane International where she was seeded 4th. She defeated Anna Tatishvili and Mónica Puig before falling lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals.

Prior to the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, Kerber played at the Birmingham Classic where she was the defending champion. She beat Shuai Peng and Daria Gavrilova before losing to Carla Suárez in the quarterfinals. At the third Grand Slam of the year, she beat 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. 

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First Published : 09 Jul 2016, 03:32:00 PM

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