Angelique Kerber has to wait for the first title this season. But the week in Mexico brought good and important insights for the number one world before the Fed Cup. At least her laughter had recovered Angelique Kerber quickly. "I love you too," the World Cup first came to the Mexican tennis fans, after the ranks of the WTA tournament in Monterrey, despite the lost ending, had always been the subject of sympathy for the 29-year-old. The week in the capital of the state of Nuevo León was also a step in the right direction for Kerber, even if the crowning ceremony in the final on Sunday (local time) was denied.
This again was due to Kerber himself. In the 4: 6, 6: 2, 1: 6 against the Russian Anastasia Pavlychenkowa, the number one of the world once again failed to themselves and their moods on the tennis court. After the second sentence, everything actually spoke for Kerber, the momentum was clearly on their side. Pawlijuchenkova had acted, smashed her racket and gave her a warning.
But then Kerber made an inexplicable weakness and was in the decisive passage quickly with 4: 4 behind. Kerber once again fought with himself and the world, instead of concentrating on the essentials. The receipt was a 1: 6-clapping in the third set, with which she must wait for her first title since the US Open last year.
Nevertheless, Kerber on Monday made a good feeling on the way back to Germany, where at the end of next week, the so important relegation game for German women's tennis in the Fed Cup against Ukraine. The shape curve has shown upwards after a rather bumpy season, which has proved the clear victories against Heather Watson and Carla Suárez Navarro in the round before.
And in Stuttgart, where after the Fed Cup with the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix their favorite team is pending, the Norddeutsche feels at home anyway. "I had a great week here," Kerber said after the final race.
After a few days of recovery, the preparation for the Fed Cup begins. After missing the first clear defeat to the USA in Hawaii, Kerber now wants the German team to lead the class with all their might. Wen Bundestrainerin Barbara Rittner to her side, she will announce on Wednesday. Rittner, however, will also have seen with relief that the number one will go up again.