WTA Insider David Kane | World No.2 Angelique Kerber took some time to unwind in the city that started it all for the Australian Open champion.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - A busy - albeit successful - summer swing could have left No.2 seed Angelique Kerber out of energy ahead of the US Open, but the German feels refreshed following the short break she took between Cincinnati and New York.

"I'm feeling much better," she said during her pre-tournament press conference. "I mean, after Cincinnati I had two days off. I came here a little bit earlier. I was just trying to relax a bit, go shopping and to the Central Park, doing something a little bit different off court."

Kerber went so far off court that she ended up on water for a boat tour.

"We saw the liberty, the statue. That actually was nice. Was the first time I was doing this. I felt like a real tourist!

"I started like two days ago practicing again, coming here, preparing. I'm feeling much better."

In pole position to become the first German to clinch the No.1 ranking since Stefanie Graf in 1997, Kerber would still put the US Open contenders into two distinct camps.

"Serena and the rest of the field," she said with a wry smile, adding, "There are a lot of good players right now. We will see what's happen here. I mean, it's a new tournament. Everybody is ready for that. Everybody will give the best."

Kerber has been largely at her best since hitting the grass courts at Wimbledon, where she reached the final. Two more final appearances came at the Olympics and Cincinnati, and will be aiming to go one step further in the city that kickstarted her career.

"That was my turnaround, when I reached the semis here in 2011.

"It's incredible city with a lot of traffic. This is maybe not the best. But the fans are amazing. I love the site here, and it's just nice to be back."

Kerber plays her first match against World No.116 Polona Hercog, and could play one of Alizé Cornet and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round.