Angie into Aegon International Semifinals; Pierre into Wimbledon Main Draw
- 20 June 2014
In preparation for Wimbledon, Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100) is demonstrating great performance on grass courts of Devonshire Park, and is into the semifinals at the Aegon International. She defeated Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the quarterfinal, 6-2 6-1. In her ninth match with the Russian player, Angie converted six of 13 break points, and only let her opponent break once of five times. Looking only at the score, it may not seem like a difficult match, but Angie had this to say about her opponent on her official website, “It was not as easy as the score says, because there were tough rallies, and I knew it wouldn't be easy before the match because we'd had a lot of close matches in the past.” Angie continues, “She's a great player on grass, so I was just focusing on me, trying to be aggressive and taking my chances.” However, Angie likes grass, too, “I like to play on grass. That's why I'm playing the week before Wimbledon, to have some more good matches on grass.”
With this positive attitude, we can expect a fine performance from Angie come her first Wimbledon match. Look out for it!
Two of YONEX’s younger players will be making appearances in Wimbledon this year. Firstly is Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX Strings), who defeated Miloslav Mecir at 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-4, advancing into the main draw. He boasts some fine achievements in junior Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the 2009 US Open semifinals, and winning in boys’ doubles at Wimbledon in 2009.
Next is Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Ai 98). As reported earlier, he won at the Aegon Nottingham Challenger, getting a spot at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He has also been decorated with some fine achievements in junior Grand Slam tournaments, making it to the boys’ singles quarterfinals in Wimbledon and the US Open in 2012, and winning in his home country at the 2013 Australian Open. Taking his recent grass court victory at the Aegon Nottingham Challenger into consideration, he’s in a good position to excel at Wimbledon.
Men’s Singles [Qualifying Round 3]
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX Strings)(FRA) def. Miloslav Mecir (SVK) 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-4
*Photos of Angelique and Nick from Wimbledon 2013