Holding Court

Tennis: Kerber's fighting qualities are the key to renewed success

Angelique Kerber getting acquainted with the Venus Rosewater Dish, her prize for winning Wimbledon after overcoming Serena Williams in the final.
Angelique Kerber getting acquainted with the Venus Rosewater Dish, her prize for winning Wimbledon after overcoming Serena Williams in the final.PHOTO: REUTERS

In the lead-up to the Oct 21-28 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, WTA Insider senior writer Courtney Nguyen is penning columns exclusively for The Straits Times. This is the fourth of an eight-part series.

The best fighters in sport don't fight because they love the glory of the win. They fight because of the devastation that comes with the loss. They fight out of darkness and despair, culminating in desperation. Pride fuels them. They know there are no style points, only wins. It's in the battle where the elite fighters find their best.

Angelique Kerber is the pugilist of women's tennis. Sure, there are players who land bigger punches or compete with indefatigable resolve, but when it comes to being a pure back-alley brawler, Kerber's aggressive counter-punching style stands alone. Let your guard down for a second and she will land a crushing blow. Knock her down and she will get back up again. Throw your jabs, your haymakers, your kitchen sinks, give it all you've got. Kerber will absorb it all and make you pay.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2018, with the headline 'Kerber's fighting qualities are the key to renewed success'. Print Edition | Subscribe