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Angelique Kerber named Germany's Sportswoman of the Year 2018 after Wimbledon win

Hannah Wilks in News 17 Dec 2018
  • Angelique Kerber was named Germany's Sportswoman of the Year in 2018
  • This is Kerber's second time receiving the award
  • Kerber was the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996
Angelique Kerber with her award for Germany's 2018 Sportswoman of the Year (THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was named Germany's 2018 Sportswoman of the Year.



World no. 2 Angelique Kerber was honoured as Germany's Sportswoman of the Year in 2018 - the second year she has won the award.

Kerber was also Germany's Sportswoman of the Year in 2016 after winning the Australian Open and US Open and rising to world no. 1. 

Kerber with Boris Becker and TV host Rudi Cerne (Photo by Thomas KIENZLE / AFP)


But a torrid 2017 season followed for the left-hander in which she failed to defend any of her titles, and ended the year down to world no. 19 in the rankings.

Resurgence was the name of the game for Kerber in 2018, however. Teaming up with new coach Wim Fissette, Kerber won her first ten matches of the year to claim the Apia International Sydney title and reach the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she narrowly lost to Simona Halep in an epic semifinal.

Back in the top 10 by the time Wimbledon came around, Kerber defeated former finalist Vera Zvonareva, Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic, Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko to reach the final for the second time, setting up a rematch of the 2016 final against Serena Williams.

But this time Kerber would succeed in changing the result, recording a 6-3, 6-3 win over Williams to become the first German to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf won the last of her seven titles in 1996.

Kerber with Kristina Vogel and Patrick Lange (THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)


Kerber's victory in the Wimbledon final also made her the only woman apart from Venus Williams to have beaten Serena Williams multiple times in major finals.

Kerber ended the year at world no. 2, behind Halep, after compiling a 46-19 win-loss record. In addition to her Sydney and Wimbledon titles, she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, Eastbourne and Dubai and the quarterfinals of Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Rome and Roland Garros. She also qualified for the WTA Finals for the fourth time.

The left-hander ended the year on a surprising note however when she split with Fisette before announcing that former ATP player Rainer Schuettler would be her new coach.

Kerber's acceptance speed included a respectful acknowledgement of Kristina Vogel, the nine-time UCI World Champion and double Olympic gold medallist. The track cyclist was rendered paraplegic following a crash in June. Vogel came in second place for the Sportswoman of the Year award.

'You are a role model for so many people. You have shown so much willpower,' Kerber told Vogel.

Laura Dahlmeier, the two-time Olympic biathlon champion, came in third place.

Triathlete Patrick Lange was named the Sportsman of the Year for 2018.

Kerber will start her 2019 season at the Hopman Cup in Perth, where she will be representing Germany alongside ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev. They will play their first match on Sunday 30th December.

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