German tennis player Angelique Kerber won her first tournament in three years on Saturday as she won the WTA Bad Homburg title. The former world number 1 beat Czech player Katerina Siniakova in straight sets to take home the crown. The victory will be a massive boost of confidence for the German, especially ahead of Wimbledon. Kerber’s previous triumph was the grass-court Grand Slam back in 2018. The scoreline at the end of this final was 6-3, 6-2 in the German’s favour. She had reached the finals of two competitions in 2019 but lost in both. Kerber seemed relieved in the post-match press conference as she spoke about how much the victory meant to her, especially ahead of The Championships.
“It means a lot to me today. This is my surface, I felt very comfortable on grass and I’m just happy to have finally won a tournament again,” said Kerber. “To be able to do all this in front of my friends and family is even nicer,” she added. Her family was in attendance at the court in the final.
Kerber managed to score one ace whereas Siniakova could not manage a single one. The Czech committed six double faults, two more than Kerber’s four. Kerber had the superior win percentage on the first serve at 69%, whereas Siniakova had 63%. Even on the second serve, the German outshone the Czech. Kerber had a win percentage of 55% on the second serve while Siniakova had 53%. The former world number one managed to score six out of 13 break points whereas Siniakova scored three out of 10. The German won six service games, four more than Siniakova who could only manage a couple.
This tournament win marks her third title on grass courts. The previous two are Wimbledon in 2018 and the WTA Birmingham tournament in 2015. It is also the 13th tournament victory of her professional career. It will be a big boost to her morale as she has been struggling to get a string of good results together in the recent past.
The former world number 1 had slipped to 28th after what had been quite a long while of below-par form. However, she finally managed to prove her mettle in front of her home fans at Frankfurt. Kerber had to put in an extra shift as she was forced to play the quarter-final and the semi-final on the same day. The rain had played spoilsport and washed out Thursday’s schedule, leaving the organizers with no choice but to schedule the two stages of the tournament on the same day.
Kerber beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals, just a few hours after playing the quarter-final. It was indeed an incredible feat and Kerber will be looking to repeat what she had done in 2018 at Wimbledon. Her style of play on grass seemed smooth and she seemed comfortable moving around the court.