Angelique Kerber, 28, truly made it to the spotlight at the end of January when she managed the impossible by winning the Australian Open final. The victory against Serena Williams after 3 sets stood as the greatest surprise of this season from the WTA circuit. However, after her bathing in fame and success, the German player suffered an inexplicable breakdown in the following tournaments. Things started to go in the right direction for her starting with the Charleston tournament, Kerber’s first clay tournament of this season. Although she failed in defending the title she won last year, her level of playing showed numerous positive signals for the future.

The FedCup stood as a first confirmation

This obvious upward trend was then materialized on the red European clay court. In the FedCup match against Romania, Kerber won both matches she played, decisively influencing the encounter with the Romanians. Both Simona Halep (7 WTA) and Irina Begu (35 WTA) didn’t stand a chance, despite the fact that they played on home soil, at Cluj. Kerber got rid of both her opponents after two matches she totally controlled.

At Cluj, the duel between Romania and Germany took place on indoor clay. It turned out to be an excellent playing surface for Kerber. The following WTA event where Kerber competed was the tournament in Stuttgart which was also held on indoor clay.

Performance culminated in new WTA title

At Stuttgart, Kerber started from the position of defending champion. Her mission wasn’t easy, given that 8 of the top 10 WTA players were featured in the main draw. Despite this, Kerber knew how to best approach each and each match at a time, and in the final she didn’t give her any chances to her compatriot Laura Siegemund, the new sensation of German Tennis.

On her way to the final, Siegemund managed to eliminate A. Radwanska (WTA No. 2) and Simona Halep (WTA No. 7).

The last challenge turned out to be too harsh for the young tennis player. Angelique Kerber won in two sets 4-6 0-6.

With this victory, Angelique Kerber has strengthened her 3rd WTA ranking, and there are only a few dozen points between her and the 2nd ranked.

What’s next is the Premier Mandatory tournament in Madrid, a good opportunity for Kerber to live up to the great performances she managed over the past week.

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