Australian Wild Card Kimberly Birrell looks to match her idol – Samantha Stosur’s Grand Slam as she gets set to take on Angelique Kerber in the Third Round. She feels anything is possible when she takes on the World No.2. "I definitely have gone to every single match believing I can win.
Anything can happen. You have to dream big," she said. Speaking about Stosur, who also is her mentor, Birrell commented, “I remember that really clearly. There was a big group of us at Queens Park, at the tennis centre there.
We were all sitting on the couch and we had it up on the big screen”. "I've really looked up to her. She's an awesome person on and off the court. She's had an incredible career. I'm very lucky to have someone like her almost like a mentor." Her parents have also played an important part in her tennis career.
Birrell's parents, John and Ros, have actually been running the courts for the past 11 years. "I have such fond memories of Sam coming and spending Christmas and stuff, whenever she came back to the Gold Coast because her parents still lived there," Birrell said.
"She would always jump on court with me, the last five minutes of her practice. I would watch her. Now to be rubbing shoulders with her all the time, she's such an awesome person. I'm so lucky." ALSO READ Lleyton Hewitt responds to Bernard Tomic’s claims