Sport

Under-pressure Kerber still feeling confident

Germany's Angelique Kerber during a practice session at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open.
Germany's Angelique Kerber during a practice session at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open. Mark Baker

ANGELIQUE Kerber says she must recapture the freedom she felt after her first-round nail-biter at last year's Australian Open in order to emulate her success at Melbourne Park in 2017.

Kerber, 28, came back from a match point down against Japan's Misaki Doi to go on and win her first grand slam.

"That match was really important,” the German said on Thursday.

"I still think back about that match, where I was match point down and after that match I had no expectations at all actually.

"I was feeling free, playing good tennis and enjoying every single match here.

"I think I have to go back to that feeling of no expectation, playing match by match and enjoying the feeling being where I am right now.”

After two losses from three matches in 2017, Kerber's less-than-ideal preparation for this year's Open has increased the pressure on the world No.1.

"Of course I'm feeling (the pressure), but I've got used to it from the last few months,” Kerber said.

"I'm here top-seeded so it's a little different than last year, but I will try my best.

"I have a lot of confidence. I know how to win grand slams and I have a lot of experience in the last couple of months, winning my second grand slam and a few more titles.

"But this year is a little bit different. It will be a new challenge for me.”

Topics:  angelique kerber australian open summer of tennis


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lismore's kids head back to school

COOL: Max Den Exter gets a short, back and sides from Jasmine Coello while Peter Crowley from Pomstar at The Star Court Arcade looks on.

Time to get your grooming in check for start of new school term

Creative thinking sparks a bright future for Northern Rivers

Jarrad and Ben McCredie with their dad, Manufacturing and Engineering instructor, Alex, taking part in the Printing a New Path Forward workshop at the Next Generation of Innovators Bright Sparks 2017 program at Wollongbar TAFE.

Students peek inside the classrooms of the future

PM loses a mate in Mike Baird

Mungo Mac Callum. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star

Baird resignation leads to comparisons between two leaders

Local Partners

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Five local arts organisations funded by federal grants

LOCALLY MADE: A performance of Dreamland by NORPA at Eureka Hall during their 2016 season, with actors Kirk Page, Katia Molino, Darcy Grant, Philip Blakcman and Toni Scanlon.

In theatre, literature, music and visual arts

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!