German tennis star Angelique Kerber enjoyed returning to this year's Billie Jean King Cup as she claimed a notable win on the opening day of the event. Kerber, ranked at No. 9 in the world. edged out world No. 3 Barbora Krejcikova 6-7 (6) 6-0 6-4 to force a deciding rubber between Germany and the Czech Republic.
Kerber recovered from two breaks down in the first set to force a tie-break but fell short in her bid to steal the opener as Krejcikova managed to win the opener. Kerber responded extremely well to losing a tight first as she bageled Krejcikova in the second set to force a decider.
In the decider, Kerber blew an early break but broke Krejcikova again in the seventh game and then held on to her serve the rest of the way to clinch the win. “To be here again, it’s a great feeling. We played here the final a few years ago, it was such a great atmosphere, and today the energy on court was amazing,” said Kerber, per the Billie Jean King Cup website.
Krejcikova enjoyed the atmosphere despite the Kerber loss
This year's Billie Jean King Cup is taking place in Prague. “It was amazing, it was extremely amazing,” Krejcikova said of her experience playing in front of her home crowd on Monday.
“I think I was just really excited for this match and I think I was doing actually quite well. At the end I was just a little bit short but I see it very positively; it’s a really good first step for me in this competition.
“I love team matches, I’m just looking forward to gain more experience and to play more matches like this; I just want to represent my country and I love my country”. Kerber managed to force a deciding rubber but Germany lost the tie after Anna-Lena Friedsam and Jule Niemeier lost to Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova.