Angelique Kerber considers French Open a success
Stuttgart. The dream of a semifinal berth at the French Open in Paris failed to come true for Angelique Kerber, The Porsche Team Germany player was unable to take advantage of the numerous chances she had in her quarterfinal against Italian Sara Errani and was defeated 6-3, 7-6 in a hard-fought match. In the girl’s singles, 18-year-old Annika Beck, a member of the Porsche Talent Team Germany, on the other hand won her third match to advance to the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam tournament.
For Angelique Kerber, it was a bitter defeat. The 24-year-old German got off to a bad start against Sara Errani, who she had beaten easily at the start of the year in the Hobart tournament. She immediately lost her first serve and in the end the first set too. What followed was nothing for weak nerves. After the world No. 10 again opened the second set by losing her serve, she then went 2-1 up but was unable to consolidate her lead. Nevertheless she was in the ascendency: she led 5-4 and served for the set but was broken at the decisive moment as she was shortly afterwards after failing to convert two set points. In the tie-break, the Italian closed out the match quickly and in doing so only allowed her opponent two points.
For Angelique Kerber reaching the quarterfinals in Paris, where she was beaten last year in the first round, was one of her biggest career successes despite her loss. Her climb up the rankings to break into the Top 10 only began less than a year ago when sensationally reaching the semifinals of the US Open. This season she has already won the tournaments in Paris and Copenhagen. Her 37-11 win-loss record is proof of her impressive season to date.
In the girl’s singles competition at the French Open, Annika Beck once again showed that she is in good form. The Porsche Talent Team Germany player also won her match against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday to progress to the quarterfinals.