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Angelique Kerber - Germany  

Angelique Kerber Birth Date: 1/19/1988 Age: 33
Birth Place: Bremen, Germany Residence: Kiel, Germany
Height: 5' 8\ (1.73 m)" Weight: 150 lbs. (68 kg)
Year Turned Pro: 2003 Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Official Website: Twitter: @AngeliqueKerber

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Player Biography

On the Court

Made her tour debut in 2003, a few months after her 15th birthday, winning her first qualifying match at Berlin over No. 61 Marion Bartoli. Played ITF the rest of the year and finished it 10-6.

Berlin was also her only WTA stop in 2004, as she went 22-8. Started 2005 by reaching the third round of qualifying at Auckland while ranked 293rd. Mixed ITF events with qualifying rounds, but did not make a main WTA draw.

Her first main draw came at Hasselt in 2006 as she won three rounds of qualifying, then beat No. 48 Romina Oprandi 6-1, 4-6, 4-1 RET to reach the second round, where she lost to No. 14 Ana Ivanovic in three sets.

Made her Grand Slam debut at the 2007 Australian Open, losing in the first round of the qualifying period. Awarded a main draw wild card t the French Open and lost in straight sets to No. 14 Elena Dementieva. Made the third round at Birmingham, upsetting No. 32 Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-0 in the first round. Followed this with a quarterfinal appearance at 'S-Hertogenbosch and a main draw wild card at Wimbledon, where she lost to No. 7 Anna Chakvetadze. Also got a main draw wild card at the US Open, losing to No.9 Serena Williams. Between ITF and WTA action, finished the season 47-29.

Started 2008 with her first-ever win at a Grand Slam, coming from behind to beat Maret Ani 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Australian Open. Played mostly WTA events, then a full ITF schedule in the fall and finished the year 35-26.

Struggled throughout the first half of 2009, falling from 99th to 146th in the rankings before rallying to win the ITF title at Pozoblanco. Played through three rounds of qualifying at the US Open, then beat No. 54 Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the main draw.

Turned the corner at last to start 2010 at the Australian Open, which began on her 20th birthday. Won three qualifying rounds, then beat No. 54 Olga Govortsova and No. 23 Arvane Rezai to reach the third round, jumping 33 spots in the rankings to No. 85. Followed it up by reaching her first tour final, winning five straight matches at Bogota before losing to Mariana Duque-Marino, but still moving up another 19 spots to No. 66. Made the second round of the French Open, then the third round at Wimbledon, upsetting No. 15 Shahar Peer to reach the Top 50 for the first time. Ended the year 29-21 following a trip to the Luxembourg semifinals.

Reached the Hobart quartefinals to start 2011. Lost five straight after that, then participated in the Nassau ITF and reached the final. Fell to No. 100 in the world after a first-round exit at Wimbledon, and was down to No. 107 before reaching the Dallas finals to slip back inside the Top 100. All the struggles vanished at the US Open, as she upset No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round and No. 25 Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals, where she lost in three sets to No. 10 Samantha Stosur. The stunning run rocketed her to No. 33 in the world, and she added a semifinal appearance at Osaka before year's end.

Continued the red-hot play to start 2012, reaching the semifinals of Auckland and Hobart in consecutive weeks, then the third round of the Australian Open. Took her first-ever WTA title at Paris, upsetting No. 3 Maria Sharapova in the first round and No. 7 Marion Bartoli in the final to rise to No. 22 in the world. Reached the semifinals at Indian Wells with a win over No. 8 Na Li, but lost to No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, still rising to No. 14 in the world. Racked up her second WTA title by winning Copehagen, defeating No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Made the semifinals at Rome to reach No. 10 for the first time, then the quarterfinals of the French Open to jump to No. 8. Shot even higher by reaching the final at Eastbourne, then the semifinals at Wimbledon. Competed in the Olympics and lost in the quarterfinals to Azarenka. Reached the finals at Cincinnati to move to No.7, then the fourth round of the US Open, the semifinals at Tokyo and the quarterfinals at Beijing. Qualified for the WTA championships for the first time, but went 0-3 to close the year 60-22.

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Year-End Singles Rankings:

2012: 5
2011: 32
2010: 47
2009: 106
2008: 108
2007: 84
2006: 214
2005: 261
2004: 375
2003: 433

Off the Court

Is the son of Beata and Slawek, and has a sister named Jessica. Is tri-lingual, speaking German, Polish and English. Began playing tennis when she was three.