For Kerber it is the greatest success since winning the traditional London tournament three years ago. After that, the former world number one was totally out of step. At the Australian Open and the French Open, the three-time Grand Slam tournament winner was eliminated in the first round this year. But just in time for her season highlight, the 33-year-old reported back with victory at the lawn tournament she helped organize in Bad Homburg – and her form curve is still pointing upwards in the English capital.
“I enjoy my time here, it is so fun to play in front of you. You give me the energy to show my best tennis,” said Kerber to the fans on Center Court after her success against Gauff, adding: ” This is such a magical place for me. “
Kerber with a highly concentrated imagination
At the beginning of the match it was going back and forth. Both players struggled with their own serve. But the Kiel woman recovered first, got the break to 3: 2 and then brought her service games through.
In the second set, Kerber, who is in 25th place five places under 17-year-old Gauff, remained highly concentrated. This time she managed the decisive break to 2-1. Once again, the Bremen native was not deterred and used the first match ball after 1:16 hours.
Looking forward to the quarter-final duel with Muchova
The North German meets this year’s Australian Open semi-finalist Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Kerber has won the two previous comparisons against the 24-year-old.
“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. I don’t look too far ahead and stay in the moment,” said the Kiel woman on Monday when asked about her chances in the tournament. Her defeated opponent also praised her: “Coco is such a talented player. I’m sure she will play here often and maybe one day she’ll win the title.”
Zverev fights bitterly – but in vain
Meanwhile, Zverev started strong and soon led 4-2. He even had several break chances to make it 5-2, but the hamburger couldn’t use them. Instead, Auger-Aliassime won four games in a row and thus a first set that was believed to have been lost. Zverev converted the frustration into energy at the beginning of the second set and immediately took the service game from the Canadian. But in the end it went into the tie-break, which Zverev lost 6: 8.
After the 24-year-old had a lot of problems with his serve and produced a series of double faults, he then played like a different man. With 6: 3 and 6: 3 he equalized and thus forced the decision sentence. But he promptly gave up his service game again – through a double fault. Zverev fought his way back to 2-2 after falling 2-0, but the man from Hamburg couldn’t find an answer to Auger-Aliassime’s break to make it 4-3 for the Canadian.