Angelique Kerber's coach Wim Fissette believes his charge hasn't shown her best yet.
Angelique Kerber‘s coach Wim Fissette believes we haven’t seen the best of his charge yet after she picked up a third Grand Slam crown and first at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Fissette teamed up with Kerber at the end of a woeful last season for the German and together, they’ve turned things around dramatically in 2018.
The Belgian coach, who has worked with a long list of top players like Simona Halep, Johanna Konta, Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka, has been a key part in Kerber’s return to form this season.
Kerber, who reached No. 1 in the world in 2016 after winning two Grand Slams in Melbourne and New York, dropped outside the top-20 in 2017.
But within less than seven months, she has risen from No. 22 at the start of the year, to No. 4 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
“I’d say she’s more confident right now and I feel she knows herself a bit better. What she needs to play her best tennis, what she needs to feel well throughout the tournament, when to take a little bit more rest and I feel like – maybe because she’s 30 as well since January so maybe that also helped her but I feel she changed a bit yes,” said Fissette after Kerber’s 6-3, 6-3 win over Serena Williams on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Kerber is now 3-1 in Grand Slam finals, and she brought her A-game in all four, even the one she lost to Williams at the All England Club in 2016.
She is a big-match player and showed it once again against Williams on Saturday, denying the American a chance to equal the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles held by Margaret Court.
Fissette has managed to coach five different players to victories over Williams and actually knows his own head-to-head against her.
“5-all. I was 4-5 today and now it’s 5-all, it’s something I’m very proud of. The best player in the world, and with five different players now, my players have beaten her so it’s a great record,” he said with a smile.
Kerber, a ruthless counter-puncher, has been adding more aggression to her game and Fissette believes she will continue to do more of that.
“I’m still sure that we haven’t seen the best Angie yet,” insists the Belgian.
“I think even physically she can do a lot better. Her serve can still improve and her offensive game, the more she feels success with her offensive game the more she will use that as well. I think also with the experience she has, the older she gets a bit, she will take more experience into those matches to stay mentally calm.”