It has been a year since Angelique Kerber made her breakthrough last year by winning the Australian Open. Since then, Kerber has gone on to replace Serena Williams as the World No 1. Being on top of the women’s rankings has seen the German get a lot of attention and all of that attention has only added to the pressure.
But going into the Australian Open, Kerber believes that she has learnt to deal with the pressure. "Of course I'm feeling it," Kerber said, "the pressure is for sure a little bit higher than last year. I have much more things to do this year than 12 months ago. "But I'm getting used to it from the last few months.
I have a lot of confidence. I know how to win grand slams now and I've got a lot of experience from the last months. I have had a great preparation and I'm looking forward to starting." But how things would have been different Kerber not managed to come back from a match point doing against Misaki Doi on the second day of the Australian Open last year.
Reflecting on the match, the German believes that having no expectations at that point was her key to success and she has to feel free like that again. "I still think back about this match," Kerber said "I was match point down.
After this match I had no expectation at all, feeling free, I was playing good tennis and enjoying every single match here. "I have to go back again to this feeling. To have no expectations, going out there and playing match by match, enjoying the feeling and being where I am right now." Source: SBS Also Read: Hopman Cup Tournament Director: 'I'd love to have Roger Federer back'