Angelique Kerber is a professional tennis player who was born on January 18, 1988 in Bremen, Germany. Kerber started playing tennis at the age of 3, and after honing her skills, she then joined the junior circuit. It was in 2012 that Kerber moved to a suburb in Poland, where she was able to train at her maternal grandfather’s tennis facility. Wim Fissette currently coaches Kerber, and she speaks Polish, English, and German.
Prior to going pro, Kerber was already making inroads at events in Europe and Germany, although she did not win any junior titles. She turned pro at the age of 15. During an interview, Kerber has stated that despite her Polish connection, she still feels strongly German, and will continue to play for Germany as her heart beats for Germany.
Kerber made her first appearance in WTA in 2003, although she also played in the ITF Circuit. In 2004, she fell in the WTA qualifying, but won a singles title in the ITF. It took Kerber a couple of years before she achieved her first Top 100 season in 2007. Three years later, she reached her first Top 50 season, and was a runner-up at Bogota.
It was in 2012 that Kerber marked her breakthrough performance and reached the Top 5. She also won her first WTA titles at Paris and Copenhagen in the said year. Through the years, Kerber has been steadily improving and rising through the ranks. To date, she has 564 career victories with 11 WTA titles and 11 ITF titles. The highest career rank she achieved was at No. 1, which she reached in September 2016.
For the first time in 2017, Kerber dropped out of the top 20 after losing most of the competitions in the same year. She also failed to qualify for the 2017 WTA Finals. She started working with Wim Fissette after parting with her longtime coach, Torben Beltz.