Wimbledon | Kerber becomes a contender
ANGELIQUE Kerber, the 2016 finalist, looks to have a realistic shot of the Wimbledon title.
The ex world No.1 cruised into the last 16 with an emphatic dismantling of Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4.
I feel I’m playing better and better. Enjoy my time on and off the court. Angelique Kerber
On an ocean of calm while favourite Simona Halep sunk in rough waters to join eight others in the top ten of the seedings out of the tournament.
And pundits believe Kerber could take advantage of the open draw.
But she is keeping her blinkers on.
She said: “What I am trying to concentrate on myself. I feel I’m playing better and better. Enjoy my time on and off the court.”
The German outclassed 18th seed Osaka.
She had tumbled down the rankings after a golden 2016 in which she also won the Australian and US Opens.
But it is clear the 11th seed is back after a dominant performance against an opponent who did for Britain’s Katie Boulter in the previous round.
Unseeded Swiss Belinda Bencic, who overcame 27th Spanish seed Carla Suarez Navarro, is up next for Kerber as she bids for a quarter-final spot on Monday.
But what about her day off on Sunday?
She said: “I’m going to relax. Have some treatment and spend a few minutes in the ice bath, which is not nice but helps.”