Angelique Kerber issues big update ahead of start of post-pregnancy comeback

Kerber set to play again after being sidelined for a year and a half.

by Dzevad Mesic
Angelique Kerber issues big update ahead of start of post-pregnancy comeback
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Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber reveals her preparations have gone "according to plan" but also highlights that she will know about her level only when she starts playing actual matches. Kerber, who will be turning 36 in January, welcomed her first child earlier this year and she is set to return to tennis at the start of the 2024 season at the United Cup. When Kerber returns, the three-time Grand Slam champion will be playing her first tournament in a year and a half - she last competed at 2022 Wimbledon.

"I feel ready, the training has gone according to plan so far, and the anticipation for the start of the season in Australia is increasing. Since it’s been almost a year and a half since my last match, I can’t estimate where I currently stand. I have to be patient. Training and matches are not comparable. The challenge is huge, but that's exactly what excites me about it. I want to compete against the best players in the world and show the fans my best tennis," Kerber said.

Kerber acknowledges she faces a challenging comeback

While Kerber was on her maternity leave and away from the Tour for a year and a half, the competition has gotten better. In November, Kerber was asked if her post-pregnancy comeback would be the biggest challenge she has faced. 

‟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 in November.

It remains to be seen if Kerber can challenge the top players when she returns to tennis.

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