Top of the world

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s been a long road for Angelique Kerber. Longer than three fiercely contested sets against the world No. 1. Longer than those past two weeks of top class tennis, including a saved match point in her first round match against Misaki Doi of Japan. From the beginning of her professional career it took her 13 years, to get here, to reach the top of the world, down under. 13 years, marked at times by a slow but steady progress, by impressive results, including two Grand Slam semi-finals, but sometimes also by setbacks, injuries, doubts, shattered hopes. And now, her hard work and many years of training, her perseverance, her overall attitude, it all paid off. A dream, her dream, finally came true.

It may be the pinnacle of her career, or just the beginning of something even greater. It may be the dawn of a new era for tennis in Germany, or just a passing episode for our media outlets. Nobody can say that right now. But one thing is for certain: I totally and wholeheartedly agree with these words from her opponent Serena Williams, a true champion as well:

Angelique played so well today. She had an attitude that, I think, a lot of people can learn from: just to always stay positive and to never give up. I was really inspired by that.

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