After a missed opportunity last week in Cincinnati where she was two sets from the No. 1 ranking, Angelique Kerber remains hopeful of grabbing the top spot either at the US Open or down the road. But she continues to deemphasize the chase.
“I will not put too much pressuring on this,” Kerber said during the US Open media day. “If the day will come I will reach No. 1, would be amazing. I learned a lot of things the last year, especially with the Singapore thing, with my match there. I had to win one set and I was completely too much pressure on myself.
“I learned from this and learned from a lot of losses, a lot of wins what I win and up and downs. That’s why I will not thinking too much. I am here playing tennis, this. Is what I love to do. And, yeah, like I said, when the day will come, it’s great, but I will try to enjoy every moment right now because it’s one of the best season of my career so far.”
A former US Open semifinalist, Kerber will open play Monday against Polona Hercog.
Serena Williams has to make the semifinals to hold any hope of retaining No. 1.
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