A heavy, overcast day in Montreal started with Angelique Kerber’s first match since being crowned Wimbledon champion. For the occasion, the German was facing Alizé Cornet in the second round of the Coupe Rogers.
Needless to say that things did not go as planned for Kerber. Erratic, visibly a little rusty after several weeks off, she quickly bowed out to the Frenchwoman, who advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Was anything physically amiss for Kerber? Not at all. “It was my first match after, like, three weeks now”, said the world number four. “It is always not so easy to change also the surface. I think I need a little bit more time to get used to hard court again, to have a lot of matches, a lot of practice sessions on hard. I think that I make a little bit too much mistakes in important moments. She played really consistent from the first to the last point.”
A match to forget (but not completely) for Kerber
“It was not the plan to play just one match. But at the end this is tennis: every tournament starts from zero. Now I will try to get ready, learn from the match for the next tournament.”
– Angelique Kerber
A first top 5 win in 2018 for Cornet
Fresh from the title in Gstaad, this was a first top 5 win for Alizé Cornet in 2018. “She just won Wimbledon. She has an amazing season so far. I’m really glad and really proud that I could win today”, declared the Frenchwoman. “It also shows me that I can play good on every surface. For sure clay is my favorite one because I grew up on this surface, but I can be also very efficient on hard court.”
In the round of 16, Cornet will face 15th seed Ahsleigh Barty, who defeated Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6(7), 6-2.