Angelique Kerber hires former Australian Open finalist ahead of 2019 season


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Angelique Kerber hires former Australian Open finalist ahead of 2019 season

World number 2 Angelique Kerber has been taking some well-deserved rest in the last couple of weeks after winning 46 matches in 2018, backed by titles in Sydney and Wimbledon and the semi-final run at the Australian Open.

Kerber had been working with Wim Fissette this season before they announced a surprising split before the start of the WTA Finals, with the German seeking for the new solution prior to the new season. Angelique will kick off her 2019 preparations at the end of November and she will travel to Sydney with a former world number 5 and the Australian Open finalist Rainer Schuettler.

The 42-year-old had won four ATP titles from 12 finals and he lost big title matches at the Australian Open and Monte Carlo, achieving his best ranking in 2004. In the last couple of years, he was a tournament director in Geneva, ran Academy in Offenbach with Alexander Waske where Kerber trained years ago and he was also helping Janko Tipsarevic to make the return after a set of injuries.

Kerber will set her eyes on the big trophies just like she did at Wimbledon this July, losing one set in seven matches and ousting Serena Williams in the title match for her third Major crown. Also, she will have to raise her level compared to what she showed after that great run at the All England Club, winning just seven matches by the end of the season but keeping the strong ranking position before the start of the new year where she will try to defend Sydney title with the new coach in her box.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity of working with Angelique during this phase of her career," Schuettler said in a statement. "She has obviously shown what a great champion she is and I hope my experience can bring a fresh perspective to an already strong team.”