Germany’s best tennis player has a black day against Jennifer Brady. The 2016 winner has already been eliminated in the round of 16 – though it was still close in the end.
Angelique Kerber was surprisingly eliminated in the second round of the US Open. The former number one in the world was defeated by Jennifer Brady in two sets with 1: 6 and 4: 6. Before that Kerber had gone through the tournament in New York without losing a set and had played to the favorites circle with strong performances. In 2016, the 32-year-old had won the US Open.
At the nearly deserted Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 2016 winner in New York had little to resist Brady, who was in good form, finishing in 28th place and fighting late in the game. The world ranking 23. fails under pressure from the US and its weak service. “I gave everything on the field, she played a really good game,” said the 32-year-old after the game. “I had a few opportunities that I couldn’t take advantage of. Still, I have to say I left the best of what I could on the field.” After the long hiatus in the tournament, it was a “good start”.
That means the 32-year-old from Kiel will have to wait for her first Grand Slam quarter-finals since her Wimbledon triumph two years ago. The women’s field continues without German participation. “Angie couldn’t hold back from the start,” said German women’s tennis director Barbara Rittner at Eurosport. “It took her a while to find her way in.”
Kerber ran into problems from the start
Kerber had not played any games for the US Open for months and decided to travel to New York only shortly. The world ranking is 41. Brady, on the other hand, came up with a recommendation for Lexington to win the tournament. The 25-year-old American drove accordingly confidently, and the Kiel resident got into serious trouble from the start.
The three-time Grand Slam winner got breaks of 1: 3 and 1: 5, after only 22 minutes the first set was over. It was a humiliation for the 2016 New York winner. In her three victories before that, Kerber had not lost a set.
Coach Michael Geserer, who previously coached German number two Julia Görges, apparently adapted Brady well to Kerber. Kerber had returned to her previous successful coach Torben Beltz during the Corona hiatus. But even that didn’t help her for the Grand Slam semi-finals chance.
The hoped-for turnaround did not materialize
After losing six games in a row, Kerber also once took Brady to serve to make it 1-1 in the second set and cheered himself on. At 2: 3 from their point of view, the German tennis mound hid their face under a towel, Brady came back with a bandaged left thigh. But the turning point was not caused by the more competitive second set.
The German number one had returned to her previous successful coach Torben Beltz during the Corona hiatus. But that didn’t help either. As with the Australian Open at the start of the year, Kerber missed the round of the top eight in this strange New York adventure and will now prepare for the French Open in Paris, which kicks off September 27. She and her team will decide in the short term whether she will participate in Rome as planned. “I don’t have much time to switch to sand, but I have to use the time well,” Kerber said. “It was good that I had the feeling of competition again. Paris is again the goal that I have.”