US Open – Rittner on Kerber’s comeback: “The fire is still burning”

New York (AP) – Barbara Rittner, Germany’s head of women’s tennis, is thrilled with Angelique Kerber’s comeback at the US Open.

“That shows how much the fire still burns inside her,” Rittner said at a press conference for the TV channel Eurosport, for which she will return to work as an expert during the Grand Slam tournament from August 31 to September 13. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Eurosport is broadcasting from Munich this year.

Kerber is playing a match in New York, where she won in 2018 and became number one in the world for the first time since her knockout in the round of 16 at the Australian Open. After that, the German number one had to take a break due to thigh problems before the Corona crisis paralyzed the entire tennis tour for about five months.

“Obviously it is difficult to go to a Grand Slam tournament without match training. But Angie is very experienced and this time she has absolutely no pressure,” said Rittner (47). So everything is to be expected from her. She’s kind of like a surprise bag. ‘

One of the favorites for the title is the 32-year-old, who is working with her old coach Torben Beltz again, but certainly not. “For me Naomi Osaka is a favorite, for Serena Williams,” said Rittner. “Because she looks very fit in Cincinnati now.”

The Japanese is in the semi-finals at the dress rehearsal for the US Open, but is currently in the spotlight because she had announced that she would boycott the match. In doing so, she joined the wave of protests against racism and police brutality in the United States, initiated by the NBA team Milwaukee Bucks.

The organizers then canceled all games for Thursday. The semifinals of the Masters event, which has moved from Cincinnati to New York, now take place on Friday.

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