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Wimbledon | Kerber becomes a contender

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.”


About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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