World Number One Angelique Kerber says she has nothing else to prove after winning an Olympic silver medal, her second grand slam and securing a place in the record books.
Nothing left for me to prove, says new world number one Kerber
MUNICH, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (German) WORLD NUMBER ONE, ANGELIQUE KERBER, SAYING:
“It is a bit different to Melbourne. Melbourne was my first grand slam. I had to deal with a lot of things, I had to deal with all that attention and all with what comes with being in the tournament and winning that position and stuff off the court after that. And now I see it differently, I can now enjoy it as it is my second grand slam like I did a couple of months ago after Melbourne. What I told myself after Melbourne is that I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I am at the top, number one, it has all come together. With a grand slam title and being the number one that is for me where it has all come together and it is what I waited for this moment all my life. I am there now and therefore I see everything differently.”
2. WHITE FLASH
3. (SOUNDBITE) (German) WORLD NUMBER ONE, ANGELIQUE KERBER, SAYING:
“I hope I can stay there for as long as possible. That is my next goal, to give it everything and stay on top as long as possible. But we will see how long it will be. First I will try to enjoy the new situation. It is of course a change because no one has anything to lose when playing against me. But I accept the challenge, it is a next step or actually the last step because you have to get here first, and I accept it. And I think I am ready for it.”
STORY: Newly-crowned world number one Angelique Kerber has nothing left to prove after clinching the U.S. Open – her second grand slam this year – and securing a place in the record books, the German said on Tuesday (September 13).
The 28-year-old became the oldest player to rise to that rank when the new list was published on Monday, capping a memorable summer that also included the Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a Wimbledon final appearance.
Her success in Rio was followed up by a final defeat in Cincinnati to Katerina Pliskova, who she then beat in the U.S. Open final.
Kerber had started the year by winning the Australian Open but said her triumph in New York on Saturday (September 10), coupled with the number one ranking, had now taken off any pressure.
“Winning the second grand slam, it was a bit different,” she told a news conference in Munich following her return to Germany.
“I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I am at the top, number one. I waited for this moment all my life,” she said. “Melbourne was different as it was my first grand slam. I had to deal with a lot of things off the court after that.”
Kerber, who beat Pliskova in three sets in New York, having secured the top spot days earlier following Serena Williams’ exit, said her improved fitness and mental strength had been key to her success.
Kerber said she would now put her tennis racket to the side for a few days and would treat herself to a special gift with some of her $3.5 million prize money.