On paper it is only a victory until the third Wimbledon Final, but for Angelique Kerber a huge step.
And the winner of 2018 may not even think of a second triumph at the grass classic. For me the final game is still far away,”Kerber said almost prayer-like after the next strong performance in London at 6:2, 6:3 about the Czech Karolina Muchova on Tuesday.
The upcoming challenge this Thursday against the world ranking First Ashleigh Barty from Australia could not be more difficult –at least on paper.
Kerber knows: “Must play my best tennis”
“I must play my best tennis, and she will drive me to it,”Kerber prophesied before the fifth duel of the two,”so far it says 2:2. “This is the ultimate test. I love playing Angie, she’s an incredible competitor,”Barty said. The 25-year-old won the Australian duel with Ajla Tomljanovic 6:1, 6:3.
In the second half of the final, the former world ranking first Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic meets Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus. Sabalenka is in a Grand Slam semi-final after the 6:4, 6:3 about the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, and the very striking Pliskova has now succeeded in this in all four major tournaments. The 29-year-old beat Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland 6:2, 6:2. The semi-final is therefore heavily occupied.
Kerber was already 2012 and 2016 in the Wimbledon semi-final, five years ago she reached the final game of the Grand Slam tournament, but lost to Serena Williams. 2018 won the rematch – it was the third Grand Slam title after the victories 2016 in Australia and at the US Open.
On Tuesday all the viewing spots in Wimbledon were allowed to be filled again and the fans saw an Angelique Kerber in title form. Unbelievably, the 33-year-old closed her eyes after the clear success over Muchova.” I’m so happy to be in the semi-finals,”said Kerber. After difficult months she seemed to be away from such a success only recently.
Enjoyed the lawn season
Again, the former number one in the world immediately after the match emphasized how much she enjoys the time in London, where the Corona pandemic did not make it possible to play last year: “I was so looking forward to the race season. I am so happy to play tennis, to fight and to leave my heart in the place.”
The spectators on the 12 345 fan grabbing but not completely filled place number one immediately saw a highly concentrated pottery under the roof closed due to rain. The first three games were contested, all went to the North German, also because Muchova helped with one or the other mistake. But Kerber also showed world-class beatings, seemed bitchy and took advantage of their opportunities. Muchova’s misplaced backhand gave the 28th world ranking the smooth set win.
The six ranks better placed Muchova had three chances in a series to lose Kerber the feature. But in the third comparison of the two, the winner of three Grand Slam titles showed nerve strength and also went through two in the lead. At 1:2, after too many mistakes, she still collected the breakup against Muchova. The 24-year-old had already reached the quarter-finals in Wimbledon two years ago and at the beginning of the year at the Australian Open even for the first time a Grand Slam semi-finals.
Kerber received help again and again on the desired way to her eighth semi-finals at one of the four main tournaments, when Muchova started to pick up the pace and then didn’t put the ball in the field. The Chechen, who also appeared on the net and played ball, not only allowed for a quick rebound but also a 5:2 lead and could not believe that she simply did not get into the encounter properly. Kerber used the second match after only 75 minutes, thanks to an error by Muchova.