Angelique Kerber says belief in herself led her to Australian Open 2016 success

Angelique Kerber says belief in herself led her to Australian Open 2016 success

Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams, 6-3 3-6 6-4 to win her maiden grand slam title at the Australian Open 2016. According to the German tennis star, she didn’t leave her belief in herself that helped her endure the tough contest against the top-ranked female tennis player in the world.

Kerber, who was a finalist in Brisbane, said she knew that she has what it takes to present threat to some of the favorite players at the Australian Open when she won her quarterfinal match against number 14 seed Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion. She said her victory against the former World number one Belarusian had given her enough motivation. After winning against crowd favorite Serena in the women’s singles championship match, Kerber couldn’t be happier.

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“I was trying to believe my more in myself,” Kerber said in an interview as quoted by “When I won the first set, when I won against Azarenka, that shows me that I really am a good player and I can show it as well on the big courts.”

Kerber lost to Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round of the Australian Open last year, 6-4 0-6 6-1. She also had early exits at the French Open (lost to Garbine Muguruza in the third round, 4-6 6-2 6-2), Wimbledon (lost to Muguruza in the third round, 7-6(12) 1-6 6-2), and US Open (lost to Azarenka in the third round, 7-5 2-6 6-4).

“You know, I was not playing very good last year on the big tournaments. This is the big tournament of the year, and I won it, the first grand slam.”

Kerber’s victory against Serena is only her second in all their seven clashes. The last time that she was able to beat Serena was in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati event in 2012 when she beat her in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.

Meanwhile, German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger and Formula One star Nico Rosberg took to Twitter to congratulate their compatriot for her victorious campaign Down Under.

The World number two became the first German female tennis player to win a grand slam title in the Open Era after 17 years.

Main photo courtesy: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia