Angelique Gerber is playing at Bad Homberg for her first title since winning Wimbledon three years ago. In the grass competition, she defeated former world number one Petra Kvitova 3: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3). On Saturday, Gerber will be a two-year-old favorite for his first final against Quito’s teammate Katsina Siniakova.
“It’s giving you duck bumps here. I’ve been working hard for the last few months to come back. It’s worth this moment in Center Court,” the 33 – year – old said in an interview with the winner on the lawn.
For Gerber it was already the second game on Friday. Prior to the match against Quito, the world number 28 defeated Amanda Anisimova of the United States 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3 in the quarterfinals. Continuous rain blocked all games on Thursday and necessitated a double change.
In the first round, Gerber had world number 12 Kvitova, who recently suffered an ankle injury. Encouraged by the home crowd, Gerber won five games in a row in the second set after a 3-1 draw, forcing a decisive set.
In the third round, the strong and weak phases between the two players alternated, and the German finally gave himself the best result after playing for more than two hours on the tiebreaker.
After disappointing months, Kember raises hopes for Wimbledon. He has been knocked out in the first round of the first two Grand Slam tournaments this year. “I’ve trying to enjoy the week,” he said earlier: “I’m having so much fun.”