Wimbledon is right around the corner. With the French Open wrapped up, we must look ahead to the upcoming grass court major.
Angelique Kerber is the defending champion in women’s singles at Wimbledon. She is fresh off of an opening round loss at the 2019 French Open and we have to wonder if she has what it takes to defend her title at the upcoming grass court major.
Kerber will be in action at Mallorca along with several other top players on the WTA Tour. The former world number one has slipped slightly in the singles rankings this week. She is now the world number six and needs to gather some momentum leading up to Wimbledon.
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Last year in London, Kerber defeated American tennis legend Serena Williams in the finals. Winning 6-3 6-3, the German tennis star won her third career Grand Slam singles title. Kerber is a winner at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. The only major tournament she is yet to win is the French Open.
Kerber saw an opening round loss to 18-year-old Russian tennis player Anastasia Potapova at Roland Garros this year. The early exit was disappointing for her, especially as she has reached the quarterfinals there twice, most recently just in 2018.
All eyes are on French Open champion Ashleigh Barty right now. Her, along with the likes of Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens, and Karolina Pliskova among others ought to be considered top contenders at Wimbledon this year. Kerber is taking on them plus at least a dozen other rising stars still yet to win that big tournament such as Sofia Kenin.
The field is going to be stacked and Kerber has not won a single WTA title on the year so far. Her early round exit at Roland Garros isn’t a good sign. If she plays well in Mallorca though, we will definitely keep an eye on her moving forward.
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Stay tuned to see if Angelique Kerber can defend her title in women’s singles at Wimbledon this year. Action at the upcoming Grand Slam is right around the corner.