Kerber: Slams are more important than Olympics

2016-08-02 09:05
Angelique Kerber (Getty Images)

Cape Town - World No 2 Angelique Kerber feels that winning Grand Slam titles are more important than an Olympic Games medal.

The 28-year-old will represent Germany by playing singles and women's doubles with Andrea Petkovic at the Rio Olympics, which kicks off with the opening ceremony on August 5.

The German said in an interview, after her loss this weekend to Simona Halep in the semi-finals in Montreal, that she will try as hard as possible to win a medal for her country but felt that winning grand slams were her number one priority.

"I think, of course, for the tennis player, the Grand Slams are I think the most important things," Kerber told reporters.

"Of course, you are looking forward, like me, to playing the Olympics because it's only four years. It's an honour to play for Germany. Of course, I will give everything to win the medal, doesn't matter which one.

"But yeah, I mean, a Grand Slam title is still a Grand Slam title. It's tough to compare because it's a little bit different, but I'm happy that I already have one."

Although, Kerber added that her goal was to win a medal in Rio.

At the 2012 London Games, she reached the singles quarter-finals, losing to bronze medallist Victoria Azarenka, and is hoping to do better this time around.

"My priority is really going there and winning a medal because that's my second Olympics. I had the feeling already in London," said Kerber.

"Of course, it's always special. It's a new location, new country and everything.

"But, of course, I'm going there to really trying to focus on every match and being actually ready for the week, to playing my best tennis there."

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