World No. 15 Angelique Kerber and former world No. 1 Kim Cllijsters have taken a wild card into WTA500 Chicago. Kerber, a former world No. 1, is set to return to action following her round-of-16 defeat at the US Open. At the US Open, Kerber lost to eventual runner-up Leylah Fernandez.
"I was honestly tired in the third set, but with that thought, I was telling myself, like, If I'm tired, she must be exhausted. Just try to put one more ball back in as much as possible. Like I said, trust my game that everything is going to work out," Fernandez said after her big win.
Kerber gave credit to Fernandez
"I gave everything I had today. She played I think an unbelievable match, especially in the third set, also in the second," Kerber said. "I think she played also one of her best matches in her career, and she had nothing to lose.
She went out there, she played her tennis." Recently, Kerber and Alexander Zverev spoke positively about each other. Zverev won his maiden gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and Kerber was one of his biggest supporters.
"At the Olympics, I watched. very match of his and rooted for him. I was convinced of his potential from early on and there's a lot more to come," Kerber revealed. Zverev feels nothing but love for Kerber. "We're incredibly good friends, we know each other very well personally, and are often together on the tennis facilities as well.
I often watch the matches of the players I know, and Angie has always been one of the favourites," Zverev insisted. A few years, Zverev and Kerber lost to Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup. "Yes, there is [a friendship].
But I'll never forgive him missing the match point against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup," Kerber joked.