Full Name: Angelique Kerber
Date of Birth: January 18th, 1988
Place of Birth: Bremen, Germany
Height: 5ft 8in
Turned Professional: 2003
Photo of Angelique Kerber by Carine06
Angelique Kerber is currently the highest ranked German in the WTA Rankings at number six. She has eleven ITF titles and two WTA titles to her credit and has been threatening to break through in the Grand Slams. She reached the semi-finals at the 2011 US Open and at Wimbledon a year later. She also reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2012.
Kerber won her first ITF title entering as a qualifier in Opole and reached the final in Monzon the following season. She made good progress in 2006, winning three of the four ITF finals that she contested, her victories coming in Saguenay, Glasgow and Jersey.
In 2007 Kerber won four titles, starting with a successful defence in Saguenay. She followed up with tournament wins in Las Palmas, Turkey and Přerov. She was also a beaten finalist on three other occasions. She made her Grand Slam debut in the French Open but was knocked out in the first round by Elena Dementieva. The following year she won her first Grand Slam match but it was 2010 before she made any real impression in the top tournaments.
In the 2010 Australian Open she reached her first third round in a Grand Slam and also her first WTA tour final at the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas. She also made it to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time, losing to Jarmila Groth. Her first major breakthrough came at the 2011 US Open where she enjoyed a tremendous run to the semi-final. She started the tournament ranked 92 in the world but defeated American Lauren Davis, Agnieszka Radwańska, Alla Kudryavtseva and Monica Niculescu to earn a quarter-final meeting with Flavia Pennetta. She battled her way past the 26th seed in three sets; 6–4, 4–6, 6–3 to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final against Samantha Stosur. She put up a valiant effort, taking the second set against the ninth seed, before eventually losing 3–6, 6–2, 2–6. Kerber’s ranking was raised to 34.
She built on the success in the US Open to reach the top five in the world in 2012. She began by reaching the semi-final in the ASB Classic, losing to Pennetta. She advanced to the third round of the Australian Open before being well beaten by Maria Sharapova. Kerber then claimed her first WTA title in the Open GDF Suez, completely reversing the form with Sharapova in the quarter-finals, beating her in straight sets. She then overcame Yanina Wickmayer in the semi-final and Marion Bartoli in a three-set final.
She also made the semi-finals at Indian Wells, defeating Li Na before losing to Victoria Azarenka. She reached her third WTA final at the 2012 e-Boks Open in Copenhagen and upset the defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–4. Kerber reached the final of the Eastbourne grass court tournament, losing to Tamira Paszek after failing to convert five match points. It was still a good pointer to her Wimbledon prospects and she advanced to the semi-finals in great style. Seeded eight, her early victims included a 6-1, 6-1 mauling of Kim Clijsters before she had a hard-fought three-set quarter-final with Sabine Lisicki. She fought back from 3-5 in the deciding set to record a 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 victory. She was beaten in the semi-final by third seed Agnieszka Radwańska.
Kerber was beaten by Azarenka in the quarter-finals of the London Olympics but achieved a significant victory at the 2012 Western & Southern Open. In the quarterfinal, Kerber beat Serena Williams for the first time in her career and ended a 19-match winning streak by the American. She then defeated Petra Kvitová in her semi-final but lost a three-set final to Li Na. She made another semi-final at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, this time losing to Radwańska. Kerber achieved a career-best fourth round appearance at the 2013 Australian Open, suggesting that she could be a major force in the Grand Slam events for the rest of the year.