Defending the title seemed unlikely but is it now possible?

12 months ago Angie Kerber won her first Wimbledon title and her third major title following a torrid 2017 season.

Since winning Wimbledon last year it hasn’t really happened for the former world number one.

Angie won seven matches in a row in London and for the rest of the season never secured more than two in a row at any tournaments.

This season has been ok, Angie got blown off the court by Danielle Collins in Melbourne before she fell to Bianca Andreescu in the final at Indian Wells. She had a good run in Monterrey but lost in the semi-finals to Vika before a bad clay court season.

Angie kicked off her grass court season in Mallorca making the semi-finals as she was defeated by eventual runner-up Belinda Bencic in three sets and in Eastbourne

Before the grass court season I would have said Angie wouldn’t defend her title but she can just turn up and perform.

If she is to win here it will take something monumental. The draw itself is completely nuts in that top half. Angie’s projected route to the title is;

R1 – Maria
R2 – Kozlova/Davis
R3 – Sharapova
R4 – Georges/Serena
QF – Barty
SF – Bertens/Kvitova
F – Halep/Osaka/Pliskova

It could be brutal for Angie.

Her best major is Wimbledon but it has always been completely unpredictable for her and to be honest out of all the majors she has won she has never gone in as favourite. Her Wimbledon record since 2011 reads;

2011 – R1
2012 – SF
2013 – R2
2014 – QF
2015 – R3
2016 – F
2017 – R4
2018 – W

It is a mixed bag of results. I don’t see it happening as that top quarter of the draw will take some shifting but I’m not completing ruling it out she has the game and that gritty never give up attitude and if she were to face Maria or Serena I’d fancy her to win.

Angie had a good week in Eastbourne making it to the final which included a win over Halep but then in the final she was not great all. She didn’t hold serve in the first set and took almost 45 minutes to do that as she fell 6-1 6-4 to Pliskova.

It’s very hot and cold but on a day she is different class, Saturday at Eastbourne wasn’t her day!


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