Former world No.1 and three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber is diligently preparing for her comeback, with her sights firmly set on the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. In a recent interview with the Bild newspaper, Kerber expressed her excitement about teaming up with fellow German tennis champion Alexander Zverev for the prestigious event. The 35-year-old tennis star, who became a mother in February, plans to step back onto the court when the new season commences at the United Cup in Australia at the year's end. Kerber, who has been on a hiatus since the summer of 2022, also disclosed her dream of being the flag-bearer for Germany at the Olympics opening ceremony.
Angelique Kerber's Anticipated Return and her Olympic Dream
Even as she prepares for her return, Kerber remains cautious about her readiness, stating, 'I've done everything, I feel good, we're right on schedule. But it is too early to make a prediction.' The anticipation is high for Kerber's return, especially as she aims to represent her country once again at the Olympics. Her potential partnership with Zverev could be a golden opportunity for Germany at the Paris Olympics.
Other Highlights in the Sports World
In other sports news, the Urawa Reds Diamonds, the defending champions of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, were unexpectedly ousted from the group stage after suffering a defeat to Vietnam's Hanoi FC. The Qatar Football Association has also announced a new agreement with Marquez Lopez, who will take over as the coach of the national team following the amicable departure of Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, ahead of the upcoming Asian Cup.
Samuel Xavier, a Brazilian football player from Fluminense FC, expressed his high ambitions for the FIFA Club World Cup, set to take place in Saudi Arabia. Xavier and his team will be entering the competition in the semi-finals. In British football news, Tottenham Hotspur's manager, Ange Postecoglou, emphasized the importance of discipline with defender Cristian Romero, who recently returned from suspension. Meanwhile, Tottenham goalkeeper Fraser Forster has signed a new contract with the club, extending his stay until the summer of 2025.