Berlin - Angelique Kerber says she has
learnt the lessons from her Australian Open triumph as she prepares for the
French Open at Roland Garros next month.
The world number three defended her title
at Stuttgart's WTA clay-court indoor tournament with a straight sets win over
qualifier Laura Siegemund in Sunday's final.
It was her first title since January when
she claimed her first Grand Slam win by beating Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
in the Australian Open final.
The 28-year-old struggled after winning in
Melbourne, crashing out early at both the WTA tournaments in Doha and Indian
Wells, before losing in the semi-finals at both Miami, on hard court, and
Charleston, on clay.
Victory in Stuttgart has boosted her
confidence and she is relishing her forthcoming clay-court tournaments in
Madrid (from April 30) and Rome (from May 9) as she prepares for Roland Garros.
"I know I can play well on clay. This
is the attitude I'll take to Paris," said Kerber.
The German says she does not want to put
herself under any pressure by making any predictions for the French Open having
lost in the third round last year.
"I don't want to become
results-orientated, because I know that can go wrong," she said.
Having become Germany's first Grand Slam
winner since Steffi Graf won Roland Garros in 1999, Kerber said she initially
struggled to manage her time as she was bombarded with requests for interviews
"I think I now know what to expect off
the court -- and how to manage it. It'll only be more in the future, not
less," she said.
Kerber said she was taken aback by how
"everyone wanted a piece of Angie" after her win down under and has
learnt to switch off whenever she has the opportunity.
"I will always take my little bit of
head space, which I need for myself," said Kerber.
"I am still the person who I was and
that is the most important thing for me."