Angelique Kerber has warned Serena Williams she’s more dangerous on grass, ahead of Saturday’s Australian Open final rematch in the Wimbledon decider.
The German fourth seed gatecrashed the Williams sisters’ Wimbledon party when she overpowered Venus 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday, setting up the clash with Serena who she beat to win the Australian Open in January.
Kerber is aiming to become the first German woman since Steffi Graf 20 years ago to lift the Wimbledon singles crown, and confound Serena’s efforts to equal Graf’s professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles for the second time this year.
“I will go out there with a lot of confidence. I will go out there like in Australia, trying to show her I’m here to win the match,” said the 28-year-old, who has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year.
“I’m feeling good about my movement on grass courts, I can serve a little bit better. This makes me much more dangerous than on hard.”
Kerber was just eight when Graf lifted her seventh and last Wimbledon singles crown, and said it would be a dream to emulate her by winning at the weekend.
“She was always an idol for me, I have watched a lot of matches, on YouTube sometimes,” she said.
“I met her few times – the last time she told me, just believe in yourself.
“I will try to be the next one to win here after Steffi.”