Angelique Kerber is starting her 2017 season in Brisbane. The world no. 1, who will play her first match against a qualifier, is calm ahead of the Australian summer.
“To be honest, I’m really not thinking about defending points or pressure, whatever,” Kerber said in her pre-tournament press conference. “I was, really happy to be back in Australia, the trip was really long again. It’s always nice to be back here. Everything started here last year for me. Everything, actually. This is my only feeling I have now to being back here and trying to get used very fast to everything: the jet lag, the weather conditions, and just playing like I always play, game after game. Yeah, of course to play my best again here.”
Asked if she sees Serena Williams as her main threat, Kerber said, “Serena is one of the best players in the world and she’s a champion. So it’s always an honor to play with her. I am really looking forward to playing against her again on big courts and big matches. I’m sure that it will be not easy.’
She spoke about Ana Ivanovic’s retirement as well. “I think she was thinking a lot, and I think that’s her decision. I’m really close to her, and she’s one of my best friends on tour, so I will miss her really much. I told her that. I was, like, Okay, Ana, I will miss you now. She is still my friend. Of course, it’s a bit sad, but that’s her decision. If she’s happy, I’m happy.’