World number two and US Open hopeful Angelique Kerber said her improvement on court is down to experience after she continued her winning run in New York.
World number two and US Open hopeful Angelique Kerber said her improvement on court is down to experience after she continued her winning run at Flushing Meadows.
Kerber is preparing for the third round of the US Open after seeing off Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets on Wednesday.
The Australian Open champion, Olympic Games silver medallist and Wimbledon runner-up produced a topsy-turvy performance to eventually defeat her opponent 6-2 7-6 (9-7) and as Kerber gears up for the next round, the German feels she is riding the wave of experience this year.
"I think with all the experience I had the last few months and years. I think when you go out and you know you're making the right decision, you know you have success with this, then you are like believing in yourself and your decision," Kerber told reporters when asked about her improved decision making.
"Of course, sometimes you're going out and you're making like not this decision, not the right ones, but in the end it's on your hand. You're going out there to win the matches or to lose it. It's not like you just try to hope.
"I lost a lot of matches like this, yeah, few years ago, so this is what I really try to change now. Just trying to go for it when I have the chance and making the decision by myself."
Of the Jekyll and Hyde performance in warm New York conditions, Kerber - who will play CiCi Bellis in the third round - added: "I played very well in the first set. I moved good; I played good; I played my game.
"In the second set I was 4-1 up. It was still good for me, but I think she was playing better and she was going for it. Then she was not making too many mistakes like in the first set. For me, I was a little bit short then, so she had the chance to go for it.
"The last two games was not easy, but I was trying to staying focusing and staying, yeah, a little bit in my rhythm and in my game with my mind."