Outside in the first round: Kerber moves on 2

Outside in the first round: Kerber moves on

Kielerin proved defiant after an early farewell to the US Open

2019/08/27 08:43

Nothing again: Angelique Kerber has extended her sporting background at the US Open.

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After another low hit in a completely messy season, Angelique Kerber escaped. Just seconds after withdrawing to the US Open in the first round, Germany badly knocked off number one left the place and disappeared in the uncertain future. Without a coach, no confidence, and ultimately no plan, Kerber lost to Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in New York on Monday with 5: 7, 6: 0, 4: 6, thus acknowledging her third defeat in a row.

"Of course I'm very disappointed"

At Flushing Meadows, Kerber could not benefit from her opponent's injury and had to give up after 2:24 p.m. "Of course I'm very disappointed. I missed the games and the confidence," Kerber said after the miss.

For German tennis legend Boris Becker and Kerber's longtime confidant Barbara Rittner, the reason for the ongoing decline lies in the still unresolved coaching issue. "If the break didn't fall, then when," Becker criticized after the Eurosport match. "I can't quite fathom that she competed here without a coach. All the top ten players have a coach with them."

Even Rittner, head of the German Tennis Federation, Kerber advises a quick decision. "She wouldn't lose a game with a coach," Rittner analyzed as an expert Eurosport, Kerber has already been instructed to succeed Rainer Schüttler, who split after completing the second round at Wimbledon. "The way I know Angie, she's not one to be alone for long. She's definitely someone who needs guidance," said Rittner, who has known Kerber for many years.

But Kerber immediately rejected the criticism and defiantly replied to the advice. "I don't let anyone push me. The key I lost is not because I don't have a coach."

Kerber actually made a good stop against Mladenovic and immediately took the service to the Frenchwoman. But since she had to relinquish her service thereafter, the first sentence was immediately reopened. Although Germany's number one overall seemed a bit more dominant, Kerber could not translate their slight superiority into enough points. Instead, she conceded another 5: 6 break and gave the first set after 65 minutes.

Unused momentum

At the beginning of the second part, Mladenovic then suffered a back injury and was significantly restricted in his movements at the time. The Frenchwoman was treated twice but continued to have major problems that Kerber could use to take quick breaks and a short amount of time for compensation.

However, Kieler could not use the momentum to his advantage. Instead, she relinquished their service right at the start of the third round and renewed her opponent. Suddenly, Mladenovic was stronger again, now moving better. Kerber was impressed by this unexpected upheaval and began arguing with himself. Although she returned again and scored 1: 3, 4: 3. But then she did not play the game and had to give up the second match.


Outside in the first round: Kerber moves on 3