I wonder if Serena Williams is somewhere having a bit of a chuckle. Despite all that she’s done in recent years, many tennis experts were picking Victoria Azarenka to win the 2016 Australian Open. Angelique Kerber didn’t get that memo. Playing with a bit more pop and pace on her shots than in the past, Angie overcame a winless record against the Belarusian star, including a lopsided final loss in Brisbane a few weeks ago, and took out the 2-time Aussie champion, 6-3 7-5. Kerber had to hold off an attempted Vika comeback in the second set which had Angie down 2-5 0-40. But she repelled 5 set points against her and roared back to win 5 games in a row to win a spot in the semifinals, where unseeded but highly dangerous Johanna Konta of Great Britain awaits. Here’s a recommendation to the tennis experts. Nobody wins every match. That’s true. And I know there were some questions about her knee coming into Melbourne. However, I’ve seen too many times Serena romp through draws when she supposedly wasn’t 100% physically. So until Serena starts to show significant decline in her game, it’s probably wise to begin every tournament with the world #1 as everybody’s pick to win it.
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7 ANGELIQUE KERBER d. 14 Victoria Azarenka, 6-3 7-5