Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber has split with her coach Torben Beltz following the conclusion of her 2021 season. Kerber and Beltz agreed to end their second sting together ahead of the 2022 season. During their first sting, Beltz coached Kerber to winning it all at the Australian Open and US Open in 2016.
‟I can look back positively on the past season," Kerber told the Porsche Tennis website. "I invested lots of strength and energy to get to where I am now. For me, the next step when starting the season in Australia will be all about continuing where I left off.
After Torben’s departure from the team, it also means that I would like to take on more responsibility. I’m very grateful for our time together and for everything we experienced and achieved as a team. It’s a new phase of my career that I’m about to enter now, whereas I’m fortunate to say that the rest of my team remains unchanged.
In all the years, I’ve learnt how important it can be to have new impulses after a certain amount of time for one to continue competing at a top level”.
Kerber bounced back from a disappointing start to 2021
Kerber was struggling mightily in the first half of the season but performed great in the second part of the year.
After winning Bad Homburg in June, Kerber also made the semifinals at Wimbledon and the Cincinnati Masters. ‟For sure the tournament in Bad Homburg. I had been looking forward to the grass court season the whole time. When I then won the Bad Homburg Open, to boot in front of a home crowd with a goose-bump feeling, really was a liberating feeling.
My semifinal in Wimbledon then proved I was back to where I had wanted to be before the start of the season," Kerber reflected.