2017 was a horrible year for Angelique Kerber, but the German was not discouraged. On the contrary, she has raised her head and from the beginning of 2018, her results were been progressively better and better, until the sweet victory at Wimbledon.
Since the first games of the Hopman Cup, we were able to see an old-style version of Kerber. And with old-style I mean the deluxe version, the one admired in 2016, the year during which she won two Slam titles in three finals played.
At the beginning of the year, there was the victory at the Apia International Sydney, against Ashleigh Barty, and then the amazing Australian Open semi-final loss against Simona Halep. The season continued positively: quarter-final in Doha, semi-final in Dubai, quarter-finals at Indian Wells and Miami.
Even the clay season was positive, especially in Rome and at the Roland Garros, where she reached the quarterfinals. On grass, first the semi-final at Eastbourne, then the vindictive victory at Wimbledon against Serena Williams, who had deprived the German of this joy in 2016.
Her third major, however, closed a season that until that moment had been excellent. After London, few convincing results, very different performances compared to the first six months of the year, and a solidity - her winning weapon - again lost.
It may have been a natural path; for six months she had spent a great deal of energy, both physically and mentally. In six months Kerber returned to the top-three of the WTA Ranking; a great journey, considering that at the end of 2017 she had left the top-10.
At the US Open she went out in the third round against Dominika Cibulkova, in Singapore, she failed to overcome the round robin. However, with the month-and-a-half of rest and relaxation, she will be back in 2019 with fresh energy, again fighting for the most important tournaments, and, who knows, perhaps to complete a Career Grand Slam that would be resounding in the WTA Tour.