Kerber confident of retaining Aegon Classic title

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Angelique Kerber is optimistic about her chances of retaining her title at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham this week. 

Kerber has had a turbulent season thus far, which began with her winning her maiden grand slam title at the Australian Open before she endured a rough patch until winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart for the second consecutive year in April.

While her form has dipped since then as she made early exits at the Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia and Roland Garros, the world number four is confident of turning her fortunes around in the first tournament of the grass court season.

“I have a lot of memories from last year and now that I’m here again it’s coming back. It feels good starting here my grass court season,” she told reporters. “Very special. I mean, what’s happened in the last few months has been amazing. I won my first Grand Slam in Australia. I won Stuttgart where I defended my title and I will try and do it here.”

The 28-year-old, who will face China’s Peng Shuai in the first round of the Aegon Classic, also insisted that the shoulder injury she played through during Roland Garros has completely healed.

“After Paris I took a few days rest and I went to some doctors and I also had a lot of treatments for my shoulder,” she said. “Right now I am feeling good again.”