Angelique Kerber's Cincinnati Blog: Thursday

Angelique Kerber talks Serena, improving, Istanbul and card games - among other things. Read on!

Published August 16, 2012 12:00

CINCINNATI, OH, USA - It has been a dream last 12 months for Angelique Kerber, going from outside the Top 100 last summer to now firmly established in the Top 10. She has the most match wins on the WTA this season and now writes her very first WTA Player Blog from the Western & Southern Open.

Angelique Kerber

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hello again everybody :)

I played my match early today, which was good actually, because it was so hot! And I usually like playing the first or second match so it was fine. It was a very tough match - Andrea Hlavackova plays very well. She made so many winners today, sometimes I really had no chance. In the second set she was 5-2 or 4-1 up in the tie-break - it was a tough ending, but I'm happy I took it.

I was finished quite early today, and the rest of the day I've just been chilling out. I had a massage, went to swim in the pool for about 20 minutes because it was so hot outside, went early to dinner and after that played a bit of cards and backgammon. That's about it. I've been doing a lot of relaxing...

Tomorrow I'm playing against Serena, and I'm really looking forward to it. I don't know the last time I played her - it was some years ago. She is having such a great season - she hasn't even lost a match since the French Open.

I have nothing to lose. It's my first time in the quarterfinals here, which is great, and I've had such a great season, so everything I do right now is just a bonus for me. But I'm going to try my best. I know I need to be 100% focused from the first point until the last point, and I need to take every chance I get from her - I know I'll just get a few chances during the match. But I believe in me and know I can beat the top players, so we'll see what the score will be at the end!

Now I'll answer a few more questions then it's time for bed...

Goodnight :)


Which part of your game do you work on the most? Stevie, Ireland
I'm working on a lot of things right now, actually. My serve, my baseline shots, and also my fitness. I'm trying to get my fitness better and better. For sure it's better than last year, but I can improve more. I think it's always very good to have some things to practice, work hard at and improve on.

How do you motivate yourself before a match? Rixie, USA
Before a match I listen to music and try to really think about nothing before I go on court except my game plan. It doesn't matter what is happening around me - I just try to concentrate on the match coming up, and everything else that's going on can wait until after the match! As for the music I listen to, it's always something to relax me, but also motivate me to go out there and do my best.

Are you thinking of the WTA Championships in Istanbul? Mert, Turkey
I've had this question a lot lately! And I really think it's still a far way for me. Of course it would be really nice to be in Istanbul at the end of the year, but my goal is always just to go to my next tournament and play the best I can. If I eventually get to Istanbul it will be great, but we will see. It's a long way.

What is your favorite card game? Matt
I like Rummy! And there's a game that uses different cards, called SKIP-BO.

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