BADEN-BADEN, Germany – WTA World No.2 Angelique Kerber has been voted Germany’s Sportswoman of the Year by the country’s sports media.
The 30-year-old enjoyed a terrific 2018 on the WTA Tour, with her year capped off by a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon.
Additionally, she reached at least the quarterfinals in three of the four majors, which was just the second time in her career she has achieved that feat.
Her other Tour title of the year arrived at the Sydney International in January, where she overcame Ashleigh Barty, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
In her acceptance speech, Kerber paid tribute to Kristina Vogel, the track cycling world champion who became paraplegic after an accident during training in June.
“You are a role model for so many people. You have shown so much willpower,” she said, having narrowly edged the 28-year-old out to win the prize.
It was the second time Kerber has claimed the award, having also claimed it in 2016, when she won the Australian Open and the US Open, and finished the year as WTA World No.1 – her best season to date.