TheOn a difficult journey to hope for Wimbledon, Angelique Kerber plays his first title in this tennis season. In Eastbourne, the German number one is without a fight in the finals and Saturday's victory extra confidence for the upcoming tricky tasks on the grass-catching class in London. "Prediction is great," Kerber of the German news agency said on emotional return to Wimbledon: "Of course, many emotions and memories are sure to come back."
At a well-known tournament in southwest London, 31-year-old Kiel will open the tournament on Tuesday at the Center Court as last year's winner. In a generally unpleasant draft, the desired title defense against the neo-Orthodox and unusually popular Tatjana Mary begins. Last year, world rank-65. Maria with the tournament victory in Mallorca and Wimbledon's surprise against the then five-year-old Jena Switoline from Ukraine proved her skills on the grass.
The draw also brought Kerber a possible third-round duel with former Russian top player Maria Sharapov. Already in the eighth finals could come to reunion with America's Seren Williams, who last year chose the finals of the first German Wimbledon player from Steffi Graf. In the quarterfinals, Australian winner of French Open Ashleigh Barty would be a potential opponent. "I want to defend the title, which is my great goal," Kerber said.
Having failed in the first round at French Open in Paris, he has been convinced by the world-ranked fifth on the grass. In a semifinal day in Eastbourne, Schleswig-Holsteiner got a day of surprise because Tunisian Jansen on Jabeur did not compete on Friday. In the final, the opponents were Czech Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Kiki Bertens with 6.1, 6: 2.
In Wimbledon there are seven German women and seven men in peloton. Last year's semi-finalist Julia Görges competed for the first time against Romanian qualifier Elene-Gabriele Ruse. The best German tennis player, Alexander Zverev, does this for the first time with Czech Jiri Veseli. His colleague Davis Cup Philipp Kohlschreiber faces a big challenge against Serb defender Novak Djokovic and will face his first match on Monday. The third Grand Slam tournament this season has a total of about 42m euros.