Angie Kerber has had a good year winning Wimbledon and Sydney and has also made latter stages of some of the tours biggest events but how good has the year been on a whole, could it have been better and is she lacking some of that renowned fight we associate her with?
Kerber has lost 18 matches now this year.
6 of them have come despite winning the first set
9 of them have been in straight sets
Today in Singapore the German dominated the opening exchanges against Kiki Bertens going up 6-1 2-0 and threw it away. Same happened against Halep (Roland Garros), Wozniacki (Eastbourne) Keys (Cincinnati) and Cibulkova (US Open) just to name a few.
The issue is it’s against top players on the tour.
5 top 10 wins this year and we haven’t seen a top 10 win on a hard court since March. Watching back the performance against Kiki Bertens I can’t really say why it changed, it was just bizarre.
Even up 6-1 2-0 I didn’t think she look comfortable on the baseline at all if anything at times she looked a little hesitant and didn’t seem to trust what she was doing.
Right now of course she is without a coach following an announcement a few days before Singapore that she has split from her coach Wim Fisette with the timing of this very odd which suggests a problem.
This isn’t me saying for a minute that Kerber has had a bad year, she has had her second best year at majors and Premier Mandatory events but of late and especially since winning Wimbledon her season has fizzled out and that fight and grit we associate with her is missing right now.