Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams at last month's Wimbledon final to win her third Grand Slam title, but the German player is aware that the 36-year-old represent a big challenge for everyone.
'Serena is always a favourite because she’s won the tournament so many times. She has so much experience playing big matches on big stages, and I think that this is what she's looking for – to play big matches in front of the crowd here at home', said Kerber, who feels confident ahead of the US Open: 'To be here, of course, with the energy, with the great memories that I had the last years… I’m ready to go.
I tried to improve my tennis in the last two years, and, of course, now I have much more experience than two years ago.' Kerber also added: 'Enjoying my tennis, enjoying the way I'm playing, enjoying the fans that are watching me, and enjoying my time off court.
There are, like, few things that I change in the last years, and this is what helps me also playing better and I think winning Wimbledon. I’m feeling better [now] than in Cincinnati. To be here, of course, with the energy, with the great memories that I had in the last years… I’m ready to go.' In the meantime, Simona Halep's life in the last 12 months completely changed.
The Romanian player feels that she now really deserves to be a world No. 1. Speaking on the US Open Media Day, Halep said: 'Definitely my dream came true. Inside myself, something changed. I'm more relaxed. I feel thankful for everything I achieved.
These two were my dreams, to be number one in the world and to win a Grand Slam. Always I say number one in the world without a Grand Slam, you are not a real number one. After the French Open, I really started to believe that I'm a real number one.' ALSO READ: People are upset because Roger Federer didn't win Wimbledon, says Rusedski