At the end of January, the German Tennis player of Polish origins managed to generate one of the greatest surprises in women’s tennis over the last years. Now at the age of 28, Kerber topped a 13-year old career in the WTA circuit with a Grand Slam trophy.

Her achievement can be compared to the one of the Australian player Samantha Stosur in the 2011 US Open. Both tennis players managed to win a Grand Slam final when nobody thought they were up to the challenge.

The comparison may go further considering that the opponent was the same for Stosur in 2011 and also for Kerber in 2016. On the other side of the net was the very leader of the WTA ranking, Serena Williams.

Great expectations, disappointing results

With her victory at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Angelique Kerber suddenly went up in the WTA ranking, reaching WTA No. 2. Her new position brought in new expectations.

The pressure for results may influence her game. Until a few weeks ago, Kerber was a player with a constant presence in the WTA top 20, without managing to rise to the level of a genuine tennis star.

After she had retired from the tournament in Dubai, Kerber made her comeback in the tournament in Doha as the main favorite to the title. Her performance was unfortunately a major disappointment, being defeated in the first match by a player who wasn’t even in WTA top 70.

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It was her first match in the WTA circuit after the Melbourne final. The situation was obvious to the ones who saw the match: the pressure to get great results is now increasingly noticeable.

Afterwards came the recent elimination at Indian Wells. Kerber was the second on the list of seeded players. She once more proved her helplessness against a player who is ranked as WTA no. 64. The Czech player Denisa Allertova outran Angelique Kerber in two symmetrical sets 7-5 7-5.

The paradox of success

In this case success may stand as an obstacle to higher yield. Kerber had a constant rise in the ranking. It was clear that the tennis player reached a level of maturity while competing last year, managing to win 4 WTA tournaments and making it to WTA top 10. However, the euphoria of the triumph in a Grand Slam final can unbalance even the most pragmatic personalities.

It remains to be seen if the current WTA no.

2 succeeds in managing this situation in her favor. The sporting merits of the German player are indisputable, the only remaining problem is for her to stay focused and efficiently manage the game.

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