Angelique Kerber was just three years old when she started playing tennis. She turned professional in 2003 and won her first ITF title the following year. Since then, this star of the German game has grown in stature, climbing into the World top ten in May 2012. Her first WTA success was in the 2012 Open GDF Suez where she triumphed in a thrilling final.
Her Grand Slam debut came in the 2007 French Open and since then she has continued to exhibit great performance at major tournaments. She won her very first Grand Slam title at the 2016 Australian Open where she upset Serena Williams in the final match, and her second Grand Slam title came in the same year at the US Open. The same tournament would also see her reach the World No. 1 spot.
She would go on to become the year-end No. 1 for 2016.Angelique Kerber Links
WTA Finals Finalist
US Open Champion
Western & Southern Open Finalist
Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics Silver Medalist
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Champion
Australian Open Champion
Brisbane International Singles & Doubles Finalist
Bank Of The West Classic Winner
Aegon Classic Birmingham Winner
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Winner
Family Circle Cup Winner
Bank of the West Classic Finalist
AEGON International Finalist
Qatar Total Open Finalist
APIA International Sydney Finalist
Mutua Madrid Open Quarterfinalist
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Semifinalist
Monterrey Open Finalist
BNP Paribas Open Semifinalist
Apia International Sydney Semifinalist
Brisbane International Quarterfinalist
China Open Quarterfinalist
Toray Pan Pacific Open Semifinalist
Western & Southern Open Finalist
Aegon International Finalist
Roland Garros Quarterfinalist
Internazionali BNL d’Italia Semifinalist
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Angelique Kerber German: [andʒɛˈliːk kɛɐ̯ˈbɐ]; born 18 January 1988 is a German professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No1 in women's singles tennis by the Women's Tennis Association WTA Having made her professional debut in 2003, Kerber rose to prominence upon reaching the semifinals of the 2011 US Open, at which time she was ranked no 92 in the world She achieved a career-high ranking of world No 1 on September 12, 2016, becoming the twenty-second and oldest player to achieve the number one ranking for the first time, also as the first new number one player since Victoria Azarenka in 2012 At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Kerber won an Olympic silver medal while representing Germany
A left-hander known for her aggressive counter-punching all-court game, Kerber has won 10 singles titles, most notably her two major titles—the first at the 2016 Australian Open, and the second eight months later at the 2016 US Open She has won at least one title on every surface on the WTA Tour, achieving this feat in 2015 by winning Charleston green clay, Stuttgart red clay, Birmingham grass and Stanford hard
Angelique Kerber was born in Bremen, to a Polish father, Sławomir Kerber, and a German mother, Beata née Rzeźnik, and has one sister, Jessica She grew up in Kiel and started playing tennis at age three and eventually joined the junior circuit In 2012, Kerber moved to Puszczykowo, where her maternal grandfather built the Tennis Academy 'Angie' for her She made inroads at events in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, but did not win a junior title before 2003, at which point she had already turned professional at age 15 Kerber speaks German, Polish and English She holds dual German-Polish citizenship, due to the principle of Polish jus sanguinis nationality law, but has competed for Germany since the start of her career In an interview Kerber clarified that, despite strong Polish connection, she considers herself German: "I am German I play for Germany, I grew up in Germany, and my heart beats for Germany"2007–2010: Steady rise, first WTA final
2007 was Kerber's Grand Slam debut year She competed in her first Grand Slam main draw at the French Open where she lost to Elena Dementieva in the opening round She then reached her first main draw quarterfinal at the 2007 Ordina Open, before losing to eventual champion Anna Chakvetadze At Wimbledon, she once again lost to Chakvetadze in the first round Then at the US Open, she drew Serena Williams in the first round and lost in straight sets
Kerber at the 2010 Australian Open
Kerber attained her first Grand Slam victory in the 2008 Australian Open by beating Maret Ani, before losing to Francesca Schiavone She then reached the second round of the 2008 Pattaya Women's Open, the third round of the 2008 Pacific Life Open and the second round of 2008 Sony Ericsson Open She also lost in the first rounds of the 2008 Estoril Open, the 2008 Qatar Total Open, the 2008 Qatar Telecom German Open and the 2008 French Open She reached the second round at both the 2008 DFS Classic and the 2008 Ordina Open She lost in the first round of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships to Elena Baltacha but went on to win back-to-back ITF titles in Spain and France In 2009, Kerber only won three WTA main draw matches and reached the second round of the US Open as a qualifier where she lost to María José Martínez Sánchez On the ITF tour she won a tournament in Pozoblanco, Spain, defeating Kristína Kučová in the final
In 2010, Kerber qualified for the 2010 Australian Open where she reached her first third round in a Grand Slam by upsetting Olga Govortsova and 23rd seed Aravane Rezaï before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in a close three-setter She then reached her first WTA tour final in 2010 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, losing to Mariana Duque Mariño after upsetting top-seed Gisela Dulko in the semifinal
She then reached the second round of the 2010 MPS Group Championships, losing to Varvara Lepchenko She also reached the third round of the 2010 Family Circle Cup, losing to Daniela Hantuchová, and the quarterfinal of the 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem losing to Renata Voráčová At the 2010 French Open she lost in the second round to Aravane Rezaï On grass, she reached the third round of the 2010 Aegon Classic, losing to eventual champion Li Na, and the first round of the 2010 UNICEF Open, losing to Justine Henin She played in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where she made it to the third round after defeating Sania Mirza and upsetting thirteenth seed Shahar Pe'er, but lost against Jarmila Groth2011: Breakthrough, US Open semifinal
Kerber reached her first quarterfinal of the year at the start of the season at the Hobart International, losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands That led to a six-match losing streak which lasted until the Bahamas Women's Open, where she reached the final before losing to Anastasiya Yakimova She then reached the second round in Miami, losing to Francesca Schiavone Kerber lost in the first round of Wimbledon to 17-year-old Laura Robson
Kerber entered the 2011 US Open ranked 92nd in the world After defeating American Lauren Davis in three sets, she came up against the 12th seed Agnieszka Radwańska in round two and pulled off a shock three set victory result to advance to the third round for the first time There, she faced unseeded Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, winning in straight sets, and followed it up with victory in the fourth round against Monica Niculescu Appearing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, Kerber surprised 26th seed Flavia Pennetta in three sets to advance to the semifinal, where she lost against the ninth seed, and eventual champion, Samantha Stosur Kerber reached a career high ranking of world No 34 after the tournament
After the Asian swing, Kerber qualified for the Pan Pacific Open where she defeated Bojana Jovanovski in the first round before losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska She then reached the semifinals at Osaka where she lost to eventual champion Marion Bartoli She finished the year as world No 322012: First WTA title, Wimbledon semifinal and Top 5 ranking
Kerber's first tournament was the 2012 ASB Classic She defeated Marina Erakovic in the first round; fifth seed Julia Görges in the second round; and the top seed, Sabine Lisicki, in the quarterfinal, when Lisicki retired due to a back injury She lost her semifinal match to fourth seeded Flavia Pennetta
At the 2012 Australian Open, Kerber was the 30th seed She reached the third round and lost to Maria Sharapova As a result, Kerber rose to her career high singles ranking of world number 27
At the 2012 Fed Cup, Kerber played for Germany against the Czech Republic, teaming up along Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld Her only rubber was a singles match which she played against Lucie Hradecká She won the tie, producing Germany's only win in the play-off Her next tournament was the Open GDF Suez where she was the ninth seed, and where she won her first ever WTA title In the first round, she faced Lucie Šafářová and won in straight sets In round two, she faced Monica Niculescu and beat her too She then played the number one seed Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals, beating her in straight sets This set up a semifinal match against the unseeded Yanina Wickmayer which Kerber won She played second seed Marion Bartoli in the final and claimed the title, defeating the Frenchwoman in three sets
Kerber at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open
She then entered the 2012 Qatar Total Open where she met Sabine Lisicki again, defeating her in the first round She lost to unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round Kerber's next tournament was the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells Receiving a bye in the first round as the 18th seed, she defeated Sloane Stephens in her opening match, advancing to the fourth round via default over Vania King, who withdrew, and then produced another win from behind against Christina McHale Kerber upset eighth seed Li Na in the quarterfinals before her successful week came to an end, losing to world number one and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka Her ranking improved to a career high of number 14 as a result of that run in California In Miami, Kerber was upset in her opener against Zheng Jie
Kerber's next stop was the 2012 e-Boks Open in Copenhagen where she was the second seed In her opener, she struggled past Stéphanie Foretz Gacon and then defeated Anne Keothavong and fellow German Mona Barthel After that, she defeated third seed and former world number one Jelena Janković to reach her third career WTA final, and second of the year She won the title, beating the top seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets Kerber represented Germany in the Fed Cup semifinal tie against Australia in Stuttgart, losing to Samantha Stosur in her first match before beating Olivia Rogowska Germany lost the tie, however, at 3–2 At Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Kerber advanced to the quarterfinals, with wins over Roberta Vinci and sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki, before losing to third seed Petra Kvitová At the Mutua Madrid Open, she lost to Li Na in the round of 16 She then reached the semifinals of the Rome Masters after avenging her loss to Kvitová in the last eight, there she succumbed to Sharapova in straight sets She then reached the quarterfinals of the French Open where she lost to eventual finalist Sara Errani
Kerber reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2012
Kerber reached the final of the Eastbourne grass court tournament, losing to Tamira Paszek, having served for the championship at 5–3 in the deciding set and missing five match points At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Kerber was seeded number eight In the first round, she defeated Lucie Hradecká In the second round, she defeated the Russian Ekaterina Makarova She also defeated the number 28 seed Christina McHale in round 3 In the fourth round, she won easily against the former world number one Kim Clijsters in two sets, booking a place in the quarterfinals in just 49 minutes In the quarterfinal, she beat fellow German and 15th seeded Sabine Lisicki in three sets, having been down a break in the third In the semifinal, she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska
At the 2012 London Olympics, Kerber was ranked number seven She beat Petra Cetkovská in the first round, Tímea Babos in the second round and Venus Williams in the third, before losing to number one seed Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals Her first tournament of the 2012 US Open Series was the 2012 Rogers Cup, where she lost in the third round to Roberta Vinci
She then played the 2012 Western & Southern Open, beating Tímea Babos in the second round and Andrea Hlaváčková in the third round In the quarterfinals, Kerber beat Serena Williams for the first time, winning in straight sets This snapped Williams's 19-match winning streak Kerber then defeated Petra Kvitová in the semifinal However, she fell to Li Na in the final in three sets At the US Open, Kerber, seeded sixth, struggled to victory over unseeded Venus Williams in the second round She lost in the fourth round to Sara Errani
Kerber's next tournament was the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo She made it to the semifinals before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska She reached the quarterfinals of the China Open, but retired against Maria Sharapova At the season's conclusion, Kerber competed in her first year-end championships, where she was seeded fifth She exited the tournament in the round robin stage, without winning any matches2013: Continued success
Kerber began 2013 at the 2013 Brisbane International where she was seeded 4th She defeated Anna Tatishvili and Monica Puig before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals She then competed in Sydney as the second seed where she lost to Dominika Cibulková in the semifinals Kerber reached the fourth round of the 2013 Australian Open, making this the furthest she had ever progressed in the tournament Along the way, she defeated Elina Svitolina, Lucie Hradecká, and Madison Keys She was subsequently defeated by Ekaterina Makarova after struggling with a back injury
Kerber at the 2013 US Open
Kerber would reach the semifinals at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, and the third round in Miami, losing to Caroline Wozniacki and Sorana Cîrstea respectively Kerber then reached her first final of 2013 in Monterrey as the top seed She lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets
To kick off the clay court season, Kerber represented Germany in their Fed Cup World Group play-off against Serbia After defeating Bojana Jovanovski in her first rubber, Kerber fell to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets This was immediately followed by a run to the semifinals at the 2013 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she fell in three sets to eventual champion Maria Sharapova Kerber then played the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open as the 6th seed She reached the quarterfinals after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova but was then being defeated by Ivanovic, again in straight sets; it was Kerber's second loss against her in three weeks At the French Open, Kerber reached the fourth round, only to be beaten there by Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets
Kerber made an early exit from Wimbledon, where she was a semifinalist the year before, losing in three sets to Kaia Kanepi in the second round
Kerber made a quarterfinal appearance in Washington where she lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková At the 2013 Western & Southern Open, Kerber lost to Li Na in the third round She reached the fourth round of the US Open, losing to Carla Suárez Navarro
In September, Kerber reached her second final of 2013 at the 2013 Toray Pan Pacific Open, but lost to Petra Kvitová in three sets The following week at the China Open, she reached the quarterfinals where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska At the 2013 Generali Ladies Linz, Kerber won her third WTA title, beating two-time champion Ana Ivanovic and filled the last spot at the WTA Championships In her second outing at the WTA Championships, Kerber did not advance past the round robin stage She defeated Radwańska but suffered losses to Serena Williams and Kvitová2014: Steady ranking and Fed Cup final
Kerber's first singles event of the season was at the 2014 Brisbane International, reaching the quarterfinals In Sydney, Kerber made the final, only to lose to Tsvetana Pironkova in straight sets In the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open, she was defeated by Flavia Pennetta in three sets At the 2014 Open GDF Suez in Paris, she made it to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual tournament champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Kerber played for Germany in the Fed Cup in February She contributed to defeating Slovakia by winning both of her singles rubbers, defeating Dominika Cibulková and Daniela Hantuchová respectively Kerber then reached the final in Doha, losing to Simona Halep She lost her opening match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open to María Teresa Torró Flor and reached the quarterfinals in Miami, where she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets
Following early losses in Madrid and Rome, Kerber reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 Nürnberger Versicherungscup tournament, losing to eventual finalist Karolína Plíšková At the 2014 French Open, Kerber lost to Eugenie Bouchard in the fourth round
Kerber reached the final at the 2014 Aegon International, losing to Madison Keys in three sets At Wimbledon, Kerber was seeded 9th and defeated Urszula Radwańska, Heather Watson, and Kirsten Flipkens to reach the fourth round, where she defeated Maria Sharapova In the quarterfinals, she lost to Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets
Kerber during a practice at the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open
In July, Kerber participated in Stanford where she was the 3rd seed She had a first round bye and, in her opening match, faced Coco Vandeweghe, whom she defeated in three sets Then she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza and Varvara Lepchenko to reach the final, her fourth final of 2014 There she faced Serena Williams and lost despite having a lead in the first set The following week, she played in Montreal where she was the 6th seed She received a first round bye again Then she defeated Caroline Garcia before losing to the resurging Venus Williams in a tough three setter Kerber was the sixth seed at the 2014 Western & Southern Open and won her second round match against Makarova in straight sets after receiving a first round bye She then lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the third round Kerber also lost in the third round of the US Open to unseeded 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, after having defeated Ksenia Pervak and Alla Kudryavtseva in the first and second rounds respectively
Kerber next participated at the 2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she was the top seed Again having a first round bye, she reached the semifinals by defeating Elina Svitolina and Dominika Cibulková before losing to eventual champion Ana Ivanovic At the 2014 Wuhan Open, Kerber defeated Zarina Diyas and Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová to reach the quarterfinals She then lost to Svitolina The following week at the China Open, she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in round 3 Kerber did not qualify for the WTA Finals but entered the tournament as an alternate Kerber finished 2014 by representing Germany in the Fed Cup final She lost her first match to Lucie Šafářová in straight sets In her next match, she faced fellow Top 10 Petra Kvitová Despite losing the first set tiebreak, she avoided a second set bagel by coming back to win it 6–4 She ended up losing the match when Kvitová launched her comeback from 1–4 down in the third set, to win it 6–4, giving the Czech team the title2015: Four WTA titles
Kerber began the 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Elina Svitolina in straight sets She then beat Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the 2015 Apia International Sydney and went on to reach the semifinals before losing to Karolína Plíšková At the 2015 Australian Open, she suffered a first round loss to Irina-Camelia Begu, it was the first time Kerber had lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon in 2011 Kerber then represented Germany in the Fed Cup where the Germans faced Australia in round 1 She lost her 1st match to Jarmila Gajdošová in three sets but then defeated Samantha Stosur in straight sets in her next match
Kerber at the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open
At the Diamond Games, Kerber suffered a shocking straight sets loss to Francesca Schiavone in her opener Following the loss, Kerber dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2012 At Dubai, Kerber lost to Flavia Pennetta in the third round in three sets The following week in Doha, Kerber drew wild card Victoria Azarenka in the first round and lost in straight sets In March, Kerber was seeded 13th in Indian Wells and received a first round bye However, she fell to Sloane Stephens in her opening match At the Miami Open, Kerber was once again the 13th seed and had a first round bye She overcame British player Heather Watson in the second round to face Kuznetsova but lost in three sets
At the 2015 Family Circle Cup, Kerber overcame a 4–2 third-set deficit to beat Evgeniya Rodina and then cruised past Lara Arruabarrena to reach the last eight Her run continued with a win over Irina-Camelia Begu in two tiebreak sets and a straight sets win over fellow German and defending champion Andrea Petkovic to advance to her first final of 2015 where she faced Madison Keys She fought back from a 4–1 third set deficit to win, claiming her fourth WTA title and her first since Linz in October 2013 This was her first title on clay Kerber then played for Germany against Russia in the semifinals of the Fed Cup She did not play on the first day, but on the second day she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, with the loss of one game The win, however, was not enough as Germany lost in the doubles allowing Russia to advance to the final
At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Kerber was unseeded and started her run by beating Alexa Glatch in straight sets In the second round, she beat Maria Sharapova in three sets She then beat Ekaterina Makarova and Madison Brengle in straight sets to reach the final where she came back from being a set down and 5–3 down in the final set to beat Caroline Wozniacki in three sets This was her fifth career title and saw her extend her winning streak on clay to 11 matches for the season
Kerber's winning streak came to an end in the hands of Samantha Stosur in the opening round in Madrid, which Kerber lost in three sets At the Italian Open, Kerber made it to the second round after defeating Alizé Cornet but lost to Begu At Nürnberg, Kerber made it to semifinals, but conceded a walkover to Roberta Vinci At the French Open, Kerber was seeded 11th and defeated both Tímea Babos and Ajla Tomljanović in straight sets to reach round three, where she lost to Garbiñe Muguruza
Kerber at the 2015 French Open
Kerber began her grass court season at the Aegon Classic as the 4th seed and received a first round bye She advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Tsvetana Pironkova and Jelena Janković She then overcame Czech Kateřina Siniaková in straight sets to set up an all-German semifinal where she faced Sabine Lisicki in their first meeting since Wimbledon in 2012 Kerber won the match in straight sets and subsequently advanced to her third final of the season where she defeated Karolina Plíšková in a tight three-setter for her 6th career title and her first on grass This marked the first time Kerber had won more than two titles in a season At Wimbledon as the 10th seed, Kerber easily beat Carina Witthöft and Pavlyuchenkova to advance to the third round where she lost to eventual finalist Muguruza in three sets
Kerber began her summer hard court season at the Bank of the West Classic as the fifth seed Defending finalist points, Kerber beat Daria Gavrilova and Ana Konjuh in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals There, she faced second seed Agnieszka Radwańska, whom she defeated in a three-set marathon match in two and a half hours to reach the last four She then avenged her loss to Svitolina earlier in the year, overpowering the Ukrainian in straight sets to reach the final where she faced Plíšková again Kerber won in three sets to collect her seventh career title Kerber then reached the round of 16 at Toronto after defeating a pair of qualifiers Misaki Doi and Monica Puig but then fell short to Simona Halep in three sets She was then defeated by Belinda Bencic in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in straight sets At the US Open, 11th seeded Kerber defeated Alexandra Dulgheru and Karin Knapp in straight sets to set up a third-round match with Azarenka, a match she lost in three sets
During the Asian swing, Kerber reached the quarterfinals in Tokyo where she lost to Wozniacki in three sets At the Wuhan Open, Kerber reached the last eight after dispatching Jelena Janković and Camila Giorgi She then advanced to the semifinals after Coco Vandeweghe retired in the second set In the semifinals, she faced Muguruza for the fourth time that season and lost in straight sets Her next tournament was the China Open where she had a first round bye She advanced to the last eight after seeing off both Dominika Cibulková and 8th seed Wozniacki in straight sets She then succumbed to Radwańska in straight sets Kerber then received a wildcard into the Hong Kong Open where she was the second seed She safely advanced to the final where she faced Janković but fell in three sets It was announced on 21 October that Kerber had qualified for the WTA Finals As the 6th seed, she was drawn into the same group with Muguruza and fellow left-handed players Petra Kvitová and Lucie Šafářová She exited in the round-robin stage, managing just one win over Kvitová2016: World No 1, two majors, Olympic silver
Kerber began the year at the Brisbane International, defeating Camila Giorgi, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Carla Suárez Navarro to reach the final where she came up short to Victoria Azarenka In Sydney, she withdrew with gastrointestinal illness after defeating Elina Svitolina in the opening round
Kerber was the seventh seed at the Australian Open and beat Misaki Doi in the first round, having been a match point down She then scored a triplet of straight-set wins over Alexandra Dulgheru, Brengle, and compatriot Annika Beck to reach her first quarterfinal in Melbourne, completing the sweep of quarterfinal appearances at all four Grand Slams in the process In the quarterfinals, she avenged her Brisbane loss by beating 2-time champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, her first win against the Belarusian, to advance to her third Grand Slam semifinal In the semifinals, Kerber beat Johanna Konta in straight sets to reach her maiden Grand Slam final where she defeated defending champion and then-world No 1 Serena Williams, earning her first Grand Slam title and becoming the first German to do so since 1999 She also achieved her highest ranking to date as world No 2 with her win
Her next appearance was at the Fed Cup In Germany's tie against Switzerland, Kerber scored a straight-set win over Timea Bacsinszky but lost to Belinda Bencic She then withdrew from the Dubai Tennis Championships due to a right thigh injury Kerber's next tournament was the Qatar Open She had a first round bye but lost to Saisai Zheng in straight sets At the BNP Paribas Open, Kerber lost her opening round to Denisa Allertová, giving Radwanska the opportunity to surpass her for the No 2 spot by reaching the semifinals However, this lasted a week before Kerber was able to reclaim her ranking in Miami by advancing to the semifinals
Her next event was the Volvo Car Open, where she was the No 1 seed and defending champion She reached the semifinals to face Sloane Stephens and she was forced to retire due to a viral illness Failing to defend her points, Kerber once again allowed Radwanska to surpass her as the world No 2 She then served Germany to play the World Group Playoffs and defeated Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets in her first match Next, she defeated Simona Halep, losing only four games, to earn her first victory over the Romanian in four career meetings Her two wins helped Germany to stay in the World Groups next year by defeating Romania 4–1
Her next tournament was the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where she was the defending champion She received a first round bye and defeated Annika Beck, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Petra Kvitová to reach the final There she faced compatriot and qualifier Laura Siegemund, who defeated three top ten players en route to the final Kerber managed to defend her title, winning ten games in a row from 2–4 down in the first set to beat Siegemund in straight sets and ensure her second title of the year Following opening-round losses in Madrid and Rome, Kerber also lost in the first round of the 2016 French Open, to Kiki Bertens
Prior to the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, Kerber played at the Birmingham Classic where she was the defending champion She beat Shuai Peng and Daria Gavrilova before losing to Carla Suárez in the quarterfinals At the third Grand Slam of the year, she did not drop a set, defeating Laura Robson, Varvara Lepchenko, Carina Witthöft, Misaki Doi and Simona Halep en route to her second semifinal at the tournament In the semifinals, she defeated Venus Williams in straight sets to advance to her second major final, on 9 July, where she lost in straight sets to Serena Williams in a rematch of their Australian Open encounter
After her Wimbledon campaign, Kerber played at the Swedish Open where she withdrew before her second round match due to an injury Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics, she played at the Rogers Cup, beating Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, No 17 seed Elina Svitolina both in three sets and Daria Kasatkina losing only four games en route to her first semifinal at the event She then lost to Simona Halep in a rematch of their Wimbledon quarterfinal
Kerber at the 2016 US Open, where she won the title and claimed the World No 1 ranking
At the Olympic Games in Rio, Kerber defeated Mariana Duque, Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur, Johanna Konta and Madison Keys for a place in the gold medal match, where she lost to Monica Puig
After the Olympic Games, Kerber participated in the Western & Southern Open She had the opportunity to dethrone Serena Williams as the WTA world No 1 if she won the title Kerber defeated Kristina Mladenovic, Barbora Strýcová, Carla Suárez Navarro, and Simona Halep to reach the final, where she faced No 15 seed Karolína Plíšková She had defeated Plíšková in 2 finals last year, but Plíšková defeated Kerber this time Kerber was, therefore, unable to unseat Williams at No 1
At the 2016 US Open, Kerber advanced to the finals after defeating Polona Hercog who retired in the second set, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Catherine Bellis, Petra Kvitová, 2015 finalist Roberta Vinci and an unseeded 2-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki en route Her advance to the finals combined with Serena Williams' loss in the semifinals to 10th seeded Karolína Plíšková meant that she gathered enough points to successfully unseat Serena Williams as world No 1, with this ranking reflected in the week starting 12 September 2016 She defeated Plíšková in three sets in the final to claim her second Grand Slam title
In Wuhan, in her first tournament since claiming the world No 1 ranking, Kerber defeated Kristina Mladenovic before losing to Petra Kvitová in three hours and nineteen minutes After Wuhan, Kerber traveled to Beijing, China to compete in the China Open In her first two matches of the tournament, she beat Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Strycova both in straight sets In the round of 16, she lost to the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina Her next tournament she played was the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, there she beat Maria Sakkari, in straight sets, and the American Louisa Chirico, in three sets, before losing in the quarterfinals to Australia's Daria Gavrilova in straight sets
On October 17, 2016, Serena Williams pulled out of the WTA Finals in Singapore due to a shoulder injury This withdrawal secured Kerber's spot at the summit of the WTA rankings for the rest of the year This was Kerber's first time ending the year with the number one ranking As the top seed of the Tour Finals, Kerber was drawn in the red group alongside Simona Halep, Madison Keys, and Dominika Cibulková She won all of her round robin matches, losing only one set to Cibulková en route to her first semifinal at the event She then beat defending champion Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets to reach the final to face Cibulková once again, to whom she lost in straight sets
Kerber endorses Adidas clothes and Yonex racquets In early 2015, she became an ambassador of the German car manufacturer PorscheCareer statistics Grand Slam tournament finals Singles: 3 2 titles, 1 runner-up WTA Championships Finals Singles: 1 1 runner-up Olympic finals Singles: 1 1 silver medal Grand Slam performance timelines Doubles References
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