Denillusion and with damp eyes Angelique Kerber knew the solution from her athletic deeply not immediately. Even from home audience and one of her favorite tournaments in Stuttgart, the best German tennis player is the hoped-for turning to the good in a hitherto weak season did not succeed. With 6: 3, 4: 6, 4: 6 Kerber lost on Wednesday evening her starting part against the world ranking sixth Anett Contacteit from Estonia. For the first time she is not the most important German women’s tournament in its tenth main field participation in the second round.

After the next early defeat, the 34-year-old Kieler hurried. Only half an hour after the last point against contact was lost, she stood the press. Her black tracksuit suited her mood. The next setback after a convincing first sentence and due to a too high error rate, it must first process. “Of course it is sad that I can not play here now,” she said.

In the end you have to win such matches.

Anett Kontaveit vs. Angelique Kerber | 2022 Stuttgart Round 1 | WTA Match Highlights

Angelique Kerber

After the two trannies defeats in Kazakhstan, where she had missed the final round in the Billie Jean King Cup with the German selection last weekend, Kerber had looked forward to the appearance in Stuttgart. Kerber had brought the title here in 2015 and 2016. In the usual environment, the world ranking list 17 wanted. free from your negative trend now.

“In the end you have to win such matches just,” Kerber said. “I know how it is. I’ve been feeling more often when you’re tight and then it is not enough. Then you need a match that gives me the turn-around-feeling, self-confidence. I will Then work that I feel the feeling. “

According to her preparation impaired by a corona infection, the former world ranking first has not yet reached its top form this season. In the Australian Open and two other tournaments, the Wimbledon winer from 2018 lost their starting part. Only in Indian Wells the so far takes only two season wins. Contact has also been an opponent in recent years, which she was not: only one of now six games Kerber won.

Bald success for victory

It ran better for Laura Siegemund. After her long injury break, she returned with a respect of a respect. After a successful appearance, the Schwabin won on Wednesday night at her home tournament in the first round against Tamara Zidansk from Slovenia with 6: 3, 6: 3.

For the Stuttgart winner of 2017, it was the first victory in a WTA main field since June of last year. A few weeks later, the 34-year-old had operated on the knee and paused for months. Due to the injury, the former TOP-30 player is no longer in the top 200 World Ranking. At a singing in singles, she had been waiting for her comeback.

Also Korpath still represented

In the second round on Thursday, the Metzinger meets the World Ranking Fifth Maria Sakkari from Greece. In addition, Tamara Korpath plays against the British US Open winner Emma Raducanu.

Siegemund and Korpath are the only two remaining German tennis players in the high-class Sandplatz tournament in Stuttgart. In addition to Kerber, the 20-year-old Eva Lys contrary to the number one in the world, Iga Swiatek from Poland.

Djokovic retains the upper hand after residue

The Serbian Tennis World Rank’s First Novak Djokovic has just turned its next early defeat. At his home tournament in Belgrade, the 34-year-old Serbe sat down on Wednesday in his start-up match after a lost first sentence with 2: 6, 7: 6 (8: 6), 7: 6 (7: 4) against his compatriot Laslo Djere. Thanks to the tight success against the world ranking list 50. Djokovic moved into the quarterfinals of the Sandplatz tournament. There, the top set on Miomir Kecmanovic meets and thus again on a Serbian tennis desk.

In Monte Carlo, the 20-fold Grand Slam tournament winner last after weeks of forced break due to the missing vaccine against the Coronavirus had missed its comeback and was right in his opponent match. Djokovic had surprisingly lost the quarterfinals of Dubai at the end of February.