For the Open previews, Tennisense will be skipping ATP/WTA players who have pulled out of the Open, even if they are currently ranked in the Top 10.
Current Ranking: #6
2017 was supposed to be the year Angelique Kerber consolidated her meteoric rise to the top of the rankings. After grabbing two grand slam titles in 2016, many tipped her to begin a reign of dominance, possibly succeeding Serena Williams as tennis’s top woman. It appears Kerber was not ready for the pressure. She’s performed terribly in almost every tournament she’s entered this year and rightfully is not in the thick of the discussion about potential U.S Open Champions.
However, you don’t get to win two grand slam titles if you don’t know your way around a tennis court. This is the last grand slam of the year and Kerber enters it, thoroughly supplanted as the number one player – she’s currently ranked 6th – and with perhaps nothing to prove. She should play much better tennis with the spotlight off her and get to the second week. If the seedings hold and the women ranked above her pull through, I don’t see her getting past them once second-week play begins.
A fourth round showing would be fair considering the year Kerber’s had. I’m not sure she’ll get further than that.