Angelique Kerber – Injury Makes Her Questionable for 2016 Rogers Cup

Kerber picked up an injury this week in a small tournament in Bastad.

Angelique Kerber’s 2016 WTA season has had a couple of major highlights. First she won the 2016 Australian Open back in January and, more recently, she made the Wimbledon final, losing to Serena Williams. However, Kerber’s season has also been a rocky one with lengthy dips in form. On Thursday the World No. 2 suffered a setback, one that eliminated her from the WTA Bastad 2016 draw and one that appears to threaten her fitness for next week’s Roger Cup in Montreal.

On the official score sheet for the Bastad event, a low-level tournament in Sweden, Kerber is listed as among the withdrawals as having a “Left Elbow Injury.” She indicated that she started to feel pain in her elbow during her first-round match, one that she was able to still win against Lara Arruabarrena. The pain continued on the practice courts on Thursday for Kerber and her withdrawal from the event followed in short order.

The German was a big favorite to win the Bastad tournament, an event that did not feature anyone in the Top 20 except Kerber. When Kiki Bertens went out in the first round, it seemed that the title was there for the taking for the Australian Open champion. However, Laura Siegemund, Johanna Larsson, and Sara Errani are now players that loom large in the event as potential champions.

There’s  still no word on whether Kerber will also miss next week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal. The men’s side of that tournament has seen numerous withdrawals while the women’s side has seen four, namely Victoria Azarenka (pregnancy), Belinda Bencic (wrist), Jelena Jankovic (leg), and Lesia Tsurenko (thigh). Kerber stated that the reason she wanted to pull out of Bastad was so as “not to risk too much” and that she would be consulting with her doctors. The Olympics are just around the corner as well so a bad injury could threaten her participation in Rio.

“I will try to go and see my doctor now and to my physios also, and try to get as fit as possible and make as fast as recover as I can,” Kerber stated. “We will see in the next days how it works.”

The Rogers Cup starts on July 25th with the final scheduled for the 31st.

Shane Lambert