Former champion Angelique Kerber crashed at the Australian Open on Monday and then said that the two weeks she spent in tough quarantine were partly responsible for it

The German was one of 72 players who were unable to leave their rooms to train on arrival in Melbourne as passengers tested positive for Covid-19 on their charter flights

However, your American opponent Bernarda Pera was able to train in the tennis courts, which, according to the former number 1 in the world, contributed to her defeat 6: 0, 6: 4

“Of course, if you haven’t hit balls for two weeks and are out of rhythm, you can feel it,” Kerber told reporters after her earliest departure from Melbourne Park in six years

“I really tried to stay positive and get the best out of the two week situation, but you can feel it, especially when you play one of the first games in a Grand Slam against an opponent who didn’t stay in tough lockdown”

Nonetheless, Kerber congratulated Australia on its success in containing the new coronavirus, saying she enjoyed playing in front of fans again, if only briefly – although she admitted she might reconsider the long trip to Australia if she had known her would have had to stay locked in her room for 14 days

“Obviously, looking back, I didn’t plan the two weeks in tough quarantine,” she added

Kerber has had problems with leg injuries and a number of coach changes over the past two years.She hasn’t made it through the fourth round of a Grand Slam since 2018 and lost in the 2019 and 2020 French Open and the 2019 US Open in the first round As the defending champion at Wimbledon in 2019, she was eliminated in the second round

The German reached the Indian Wells final in 2019, but that was by far her best performance in any of the WTA’s Tier 1 tournaments in the past two years – she did not reach the fourth round of the other

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