Angelique Kerber asked if post-pregnancy comeback is biggest challenge she has faced

Kerber, 35, welcomed her first child in February and she is set to return in 2024.

by Dzevad Mesic
Angelique Kerber asked if post-pregnancy comeback is biggest challenge she has faced
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Angelique Kerber, 35, acknowledges her upcoming post-pregnancy comeback to tennis is "a different kind of comeback" but remains optimistic that she can have a successful return. Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam champion, hasn't played since 2022 Wimbledon as she welcomed her first child in February.

When Kerber returns to tennis at the start of the 2024 season, she will be playing for the first time in a year and a half. Ahead of her comeback, Kerber was asked if this comeback is the biggest challenge she has faced in her career.

‟This time it’s definitely a different kind of comeback. If you don’t play well, lose matches and as a consequence fall into a big hole, then you continue to practice and know how to get out of the low. These days it’s a completely different and much more difficult task.

Kicking off again at the United Cup after a one-and-a-half-year break and then having your first Grand Slam two weeks later is a huge challenge," Kerber told Porsche-Tennis.

Kerber on why she is returning

In January, former world No 1 Kerber will be turning 36.

With multiple Grand Slams and the world No 1 ranking in her resume, Kerber has definitely had a great and very accomplished career. With that being said, some players would probably simply retire and focus on some other things in life.

But Kerber still loves the game and she is excited by the new challenge. ‟The love for the sport is my biggest motivation. It’ll never go away. Added to that is the challenge of returning to the big tennis stage and giving it my all once again.

I will face the world’s top players and show the fans my best tennis. However, I’m also realistic. It’s a long way back and I’m just at the beginning," Kerber said. Kerber's comeback will officially start at the United Cup, where she is set to represent Germany.

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