18 Jan 1988
Angelique Kerber started playing tennis at the age of three. Her tennis idol growing up was Stefanie Graf. She reached the first WTA final of career at 2010 Bogotá and won her maiden titles in 2012, her first breakthrough top 5 season. She clinched the trophy at Paris [Indoors] (d. Bartoli in final) and in Copenhagen (d. Wozniacki in final) and lost two further finals in Eastbourne (l. to Paszek 57 63 75; held 5mp at 5-3 third set) and Cincinnati (l. to Li). In 2013 she won another WTA title at Linz (d. Ivanovic in final). In 2015, her fourth straight top 10 season Kerber added four titles in Charleston (d. Keys in final), Stuttgart (d. Wozniacki in final), Birmingham (d. Ka.Pliskova in final) and Stanford (d. Ka.Pliskova in final).
At 2016 Australian Open, Kerber became the fourth player to defeat S.Williams in a Grand Slam final (after V.Williams, Sharapova and Stosur) and the first Grand Slam champion to save match point en route to the title since Li at 2014 Australian Open. She finished runner-up at Wimbledon and won a second Grand Slam title at US Open (d. Ka.Pliskova in F) becoming the 22nd player to hold the WTA World No.1 spot since computer rankings were introduced in 1975 and the oldest to debut at World No.1. Kerber, the fourth player in Open Era to reach three Grand Slam finals in the same year they reached their first, after Goolagong Cawley (1971), Graf (1987) and Hingis (1997), secured the 2016 year‐end World No.1 ranking, only the 12th WTA player to achieve the feat, and was voted WTA Player of the Year in 2016 by international media and fans. In 2017, after a disappointing season, having played and lost just one title-match in Monterrey, Kerber finished out of the top 20 for the first time since 2011.
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