Angelique Kerber plans to return to tennis after a baby break – the 2024 Olympic Games are the big goal

“I’ve been there in London and Rio de Janeiro and it’s something very special to play for your country at such an earth-shattering event. I’d like to experience that feeling again. There’s still some time until then, So I have no pressure,” said the three-time Grand Slam winner.

However, Kerber wants to return “without rushing anything. And then I want to attack again. If I do something, then do it right.”

In the interview, the German also spoke about the recently ended US Open, where world number one Iga Swiatek won her third Grand Slam title.

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Kerber was impressed by the Pole: “I have a lot of respect for how confidently she presents herself. I can only take my hat off to how she deals with the pressure and all the hustle and bustle about her person. She’s only 21. I know them well and I’m excited to see how long they can continue at this high level.”

Kerber sees strong competition for Swiatek

Consistency in particular is one of Swiatek’s strengths. “This season she not only won the Grand Slams in Paris and New York, but also the tournaments in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami and Rome as well as the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. She is mentally very strong, despite everything never follow up on their successes, but always keep working hard,” said Kerber. The intensity “with which she carries out her game on the pitch from start to finish makes her a player who is very difficult to beat”.

Even if the former world number one Swiatek trusts that it will remain number one longer, Kerber sees a possible competitor. “One player who has developed very well and hasn’t just shown at the US Open that she can play consistently well under pressure is Coco Gauff. I trust her to soon win Grand Slam tournaments and to reach for the crown,” said the German about the 18-year-old, who was eliminated in the quarter-finals in New York.

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