US Open 2016: Angelique Kerber’s Rise to #1

Tennis Abides: Dan Martin on Tennis and Life

Angelique Kerber is Number One

Kerber started 2016 with a bang.  She was runner-up in Brisbane and then avenged her loss to Victoria Azarenka en route to the Australian Open final.  Kerber upset a 6-time Australian Open champion in Serena Williams.  This seemed to be the culmination of her strong 2015 season.  What happened from there was a bit of a mystery.  Would Kerber win 4 or 5 other smaller events in 2016 as she had done a year prior?  Would she be a one-slam wonder and fade away?  Would she contend for other big prizes through the year?

Even with a solid showing in Miami and a title at Stuttgart, Kerber seemed to be suffering from a post-Grand Slam hangover that she may or may not shake.  Her 1st round loss at Roland Garros was not shocking given her play after Melbourne.  Kerber’s run to the Wimbledon final was…

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