Is 2014 going to be the year that Angelique Kerber takes advantage of her talent and reaches a Grand Slam final or will she accept being a good but not great player who never reaches her potential to be great? When tennis fans and tennis experts look at Angelique Kerber they see a player who has the physical gifts to be a great player and a potential Grand Slam winner but whether it is being on the big stage or injury she just never seems to perform at her best in these tournaments.
At the Australian 2014 Open it was as if the tennis gods had decided that since 2013 was such a difficult year for her they would 'gift' her with a relatively easy route to the quarterfinals and possibly even the semifinals of this tournament by providing her with opponents that if she played up to her potential would not block her path. Unfortunately, this German beauty lost in the fourth round to Flavia Pennetta.
Such a loss would not be a bad thing if were not the case that Flavia Pennetta is ranked number 28 in the world and Angelique Kerber is the number nine ranked player in the world. Moreover, up to this point Angelique Kerber had not been truly tested since the first round and was playing good tennis. This loss has to sting for Angelique Kerber because if she had won and been able to succeed in the quarterfinals she would have been able to receive worldwide exposure while playing in the semifinals.
Angelique Kerber's loss to Flavia Pennetta did not just cost her an opportunity to possibly compete for a Grand Slam title without the obstacle of Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova in her way but it also likely cost her millions in possible endorsements. Angelique Kerber needs to understand that she must seize on the opportunity to capture the spotlight when it exists.
Will the 2014 Australian Open be the wake up call for the talented and physically gifted Angelique Kerber is the question that her fans and tennis insiders will be wondering as they watch her the rest of the season.