SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 12, 2019) (TENNIS AUSTRALIA - FOR NEWS PURPOSES ONLY.
NO RESALES) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANGELIQUE KERBER SPEAKING ABOUT NEW COACH RAINER SCHUETTLER, SAYING: "He is the first coach (of mine) that also played and he knows how it is to being under pressure and having the emotions on court.
So he understands my thinking and on court he is always a hard worker and he loves the sport like me and we are both really trying to do our best and we have the patience and for me it's great to have Rainer on my team, I have a good team right now and I'm looking forward to start the season now, it's just the beginning so let's see what happens in the next few months." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANGELIQUE KERBER SAYING: "I think I cannot compare because after a long season you are just trying to survive at the end and trying to push yourself and playing good tennis but now we have a new season coming and the motivation is really high again and for me it's important to going on court and making the transit on my practice sessions to the match ones because I was really working hard in the pre-season and now I'm really looking forward to have the competition and playing matches again." STORY: New coach Rainer Schuettler's experience as a former player at the top level has been invaluable for Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and the world number two believes her poor end to last season is truly behind her.
The world number two believes her poor end to last season is truly behind her.
Kerber, a triple Grand Slam winner, parted ways with coach Wim Fissette ahead of the WTA Finals in Singapore due to differences of opinion regarding the future.
A month later Kerber announced former Australian Open finalist Schuettler as her new coach.
After denying Serena Williams a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July, Kerber suffered a third round loss at the U.S. Open, suffered early exits at four other tournaments and failed to progress from her group at the WTA Finals, prompting the change in coaching personnel.
She looked sharp again at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week, winning all four of her singles matches, even though Germany lost to Roger Federer's Switzerland in the final.