Hopman Cup was once again a very intense tournament for Angelique Kerber. For the second year in a row, the world no. 2 and her compatriot Alexander Zverev lost to Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic in the championship clash.
But Kerber took the positives from her experience there. 'It was just the beginning of the new season for me in Perth,' Kerber said. 'I had four really good matches. I was trying to making the transition from the practice court to the match courts.
I was feeling, from match to match, better and better. And I think that I'm feeling good and the rhythm is there.' Following the Hopman Cup, Kerber will play the Sydney International, where was defending the title.
Asked the reason for her playing in Sydney, she had said, 'I think there are lots of good players, and when you start the year, you never know where you are staying, how the others also had the preparation. That's why I choose also to play here to [get into] the new season, having the tournament feeling again.
I think there are a lot of good and young players they are coming, so there is not just one favourite player now.' Kerber is the second seed in Sydney, to Simona Halep's top-seed. The German will take on Camila Giorgi in her opening round.
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