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Angelique Kerber admits she is enjoying the extra responsibility that goes with being a Grand Slam champion. The German’s “dream came true” when she won in Melbourne in January and she is a serious contender to challenge Serena Williams for the title of world’s best female player sometime in the future.
Kerber’s best Rome performance came in 2012 when she made the semi-final. Now big things are expected of her given her Australian Open crown and also her second seeding at the Foro Italico.
“My feeling is good,” she said on Sunday. “I arrived yesterday and I already practiced here. It’s always nice to be back in Rome. I mean, I love the city. It’s always nice to see so many fans here watching you and during the practice, so I’m feeling good and I’m really looking forward to be here again and trying to play a lot of good matches.
“Of course I have much more things to do since Australia. I have much more media stuff during the tournaments. But also is nice to have the problem, you know, because I know that I playing good tennis and everybody is recognized me right now. There are much more fans coming during the practice and this is what the feeling is much better, and I’m really proud about all the stuff that I did in the last few months. I think there are just good things.
“There are a lot of emotions that I had in the last three months. I mean, my dream came true, and this is emotion what I will never forget and it will be always in me.
“This is actually what I’m trying to getting used to it and I think in a good way to handle all my emotions and also handle that I’m going still on the practice court and I have the time for working really hard, because this is what I did before Australia, which was the key that I won my first Grand Slam.
“It’s always nice when Serena is in the draw. I mean, it’s tougher, for sure, but the challenge, it’s also bigger. But I think it’s good for the tournament. It’s good for the fans that she is playing always in the big events. There are also a lot of other good players and young players that are coming. So I’m looking forward to the week and also how we all will play.”