The victory at Wimbledon 2018 seemed to be the highest moment of Angelique Kerber's career, after a forgettable 2017. But above all it seemed the prelude to a come back like a protagonist for the German. Instead, this season, Angie has collected little satisfaction and many disappointments.
The final lost at Indian Wells against Bianca Andreescu remains the best moment of her 2019 (it was her first final in a Premier Mandatory). But she failed to defend the Australian Open semi-final and the Championships final.
In between, finals in California and Eastbourne apart and both lost, she played a series of tournaments where she expressed anonymous, boring and disappointing performances. The real risk is that her 2019 can somehow emulate her 2017, the worst year of her extraordinary career.
In the WTA Tour ascents to paradise or descents to hell are rapid and can last a longer or shorter time. One week you're a champion destined to become the best. In the following months, it can happen to slip into a spiral of negative results and disappointing performances.
This is a typical situation of the WTA Tour of the last two years. Continuity is not Kerber's main weapon. The career Grand-Slam dream, for now, can only remain a dream. Physical problems and, perhaps, fulfillment, did not allow her to come back to being the wall she was in 2016 and, in part, in 2018.
Her clay-courts season was the most disappointing. On hard-courts and grass-courts she played some good matches, but too little to be able to repeat what good she did in the previous seasons. At the US Open, she lost in the first round against Kristina Mladenovic. What will the remainder of the season bring for the former world no. 1? Will she able to make a turnaround?