Kerber seeks reversal of fortunes in Singapore

Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:10am EDT
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber showed more passion in the media center than on the court when she crashed out of last year's WTA Finals, the German angered by the format and frustrated by her inability to win the set off an eliminated opponent she needed to advance.

Her petulance then provided a sideshow to the eight-woman season-ending tournament but this year she returns as world number one, a double grand slam winner, Olympic silver medalist and a woman on a mission.

Prior to 2016, the 28-year-old from Bremen was a respected professional on the circuit and a regular winner on the WTA Tour yet despite her incredible athleticism and retrieving skills, Kerber's mental fragility could be exploited by the very best.

"For me last year it was not the best tournament with the pressure with the one set that I had in my mind," Kerber told reporters on Saturday.

"But it's nice to be back here. I will just try to do it better than last year.

"This is my goal when I start the year. Coming back here right now as the top seed is a little bit better feeling than last year."

This year, Kerber decided a change of attitude was needed and she vowed never let her emotions get the better of her again. That new maturity was evident when she made a solid start to the season but few could have predicted her meteoric rise.


World number one tennis player Angelique Kerber of Germany poses during an interview in Singapore October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick Johnston