After the botched Wimbledon dress rehearsal at the home tournament in Bad Homburg, Angelique Kerber didn’t know exactly how things would continue.
“I don’t know when I’m flying yet,” answered the German number one when asked when she would be on her way to the classic lawn in London, which begins on Monday. “I’m not in London with my head yet. Only when I travel to London will I realize that Wimbledon is starting. At the moment I’m still completely here with my head,” said the 34-year-old from Kiel, who lives in Bad Homburg also acts as tournament director.
After the surprising 4: 6, 6: 2, 1: 6 against Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet in the quarter-finals, Kerber travels to Wimbledon with the feeling of only three matches on grass this year, where she won in 2018 and reached the semi-finals last year advanced. The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner had decided not to start in Berlin, in Bad Homburg the defending champion failed much earlier than hoped. “Of course I wished that I would play to the end here,” said Kerber after her mixed performance against Cornet.
Your complete annual planning was again geared towards the highlight Wimbledon. It might even be Kerber’s last appearance on the legendary Church Road. Finally, she leaves it open how long she wants to play. “See you next year,” said Kerber to the viewers on Thursday evening. So will she play in Bad Homburg again in 2023? “I’ll definitely be here. In what role, we’ll see. But I’ll definitely be here,” said Kerber, leaving everything open.