Who would have believed at the start of 2016 that Angelique Kerber would be a Grand Slam champion? Not even her! The 28-year-old German stunned the tennis world beating heavily favored Serena Williams in the Australian Open final last month.
Now, she arrives into Doha as a Grand Slam champion.
“It’s actually a great feeling because,” Kerber said. “I had great two weeks in Melbourne. I won my first Grand Slams. A lot things change.
“I had first a long flight to go back to Germany. And then when I arrive at Frankfurt and go out, I had a lot of camera on my faces and asking me a lot of questions.
“And, for me the most nicest thing was that I really saw the people that they are happy for me and that all Germany was like watching the final on TV because it was Saturday morning there. And to see that a lot of more people recognize me on the streets. They are coming to me, yeah, congratulations I got from a lot of people in Germany and actually around the world.”
Kerber said when she landed in Germany her friends and family through her a surprise party at a restaurant.
“We had a great evening with all my families, all my friends there,” Kerber said. ‘They came so, we had a big, big table. That was something really special for me because all the people knows my career. They know me from really young. They know how many up and downs I have and how many times I was frustrating.”
Kerber becomes the first German woman to win a Slam since Steffi Graf, but the lefty says she’s no Steffi.
“I don’t know if I’m the new Steffi Graf, but I’m the next German woman who won the Grand Slam after Steffi,” she said. “This is something really special because Steffi is a legend. I mean she won everything. She was always my idle.”
Kerber begins in Doha against Saisai Zheng.
“I’m still the same person how I was before the Australian Open,” she added. “Of course it changed that I can always say that I’m a Grand Slam champion and it’s forever.”
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