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Angelique Kerbers 2015 appearance at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore was, at the time, not at all memorable.But her 6-4, 6-3 loss against Lucie Safarova might now be remembered as the catalyst for Kerbers massive makeover in 2016.After winning her first Grand Slam singles title in January at the Australian Open and adding a second at the US Open, the world No. 1 will try to punctuate her next-level season with another crown when she returns to Singapore next week (coverage begins Sunday on ESPN3).It would be pretty special to go back to where she found the inspiration to make the change and win it, said ESPN analyst Pam Shriver. Shed be the runaway player of the year, and that would be a Serena-like year.Kerbers year-end history in Singapore far from stellar (she has won two of nine matches in three previous appearances), and winning a single set in that final round-robin match against Safarova would have sent her into the semifinals. But Kerber predictably tightened up (a once-haunting hallmark since her WTA debut in 2003) and the opportunity evaporated. She was furious. This led to some serious soul-searching, which, 10 weeks later, yielded the surprising result in Melbourne.Kerber, always a tenacious and talented defender, had an epiphany similar to Andy Murray, who, under coach Ivan Lendl, overcame the habit of centering the ball when under duress. Kerber, working with her longtime coach Torben Beltz, has summoned the confidence to be more aggressive when the stakes are highest.I learned a lot of things the last year, Kerber acknowledged before the US Open. I had to win one set and I [put] completely too much pressure on myself. Thats why I will not [be] thinking too much. I am here playing tennis. Is what I love to do.She ran the table at the Australian Open, surviving a match point in the first round and stunning Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals and Serena Williams in the final. Kerber is the favorite in Singapore and will retain the No. 1 ranking no matter what happens since Williams (shoulder injury) pulled out of the event earlier this week.Hoisting that first Grand Slam trophy, though, proved to be a shock to Kerbers system. What happens when your dream comes true? When, after years of sacrifice and relentless effort, you achieve the highest honor in your profession? It took a while to process.After the Aussie Open win, Kerber lost in the first round at Doha and Indian Wells. After winning Stuttgart at home in Germany in April, she lost her first matches outdoors on clay, in Madrid and Rome. In her first Slam after Australia, nursing a shoulder injury, she suffered a surprising first-round loss against Kiki Bertens at the French Open. She was asked after that loss if she thought the pressure of trying to follow up on her first major title was getting to her.I came here to play round by round, and I know that you must play your best tennis in the first rounds, as well, because everybody is a tough opponent to play, Kerber said. I was trying it. That was for sure not my best tennis I played today.She dramatically turned things around over the summer. Kerber beat No. 5-ranked Simona Halep (quarterfinals) and No. 8 Venus Williams (semifinals) before losing to Serena in the Wimbledon final. But Kerber continued her momentum, reaching the semifinals at Montreal, the gold-medal match at the Rio Olympics and the final in Cincinnati, where she lost against Karolina Pliskova. Kerber avenged that defeat in her rousing three-set victory in the US Open final.If those bookend major titles looked and felt like something a little different, they were.The last active WTA player not named Serena to win two majors in the same year? It was Venus, 15 years ago, taking Wimbledon and the US Open. Serena has won at least two Grand Slam singles titles in the same year an astonishing seven times, (2002, 03, 09, 10, 12, 13 and 15).Thats the kind of exalted company Kerber now finds herself keeping.A year ago, it was her loss in Singapore that kick-started Kerbers superb breakthrough season. If she can once again push herself into uncharted territory with a few round-robin wins, it would put her in a commanding position going into 2017.To go into the season-ending championship as the favorite and the No. 1 player, thats unreal, ESPN analyst Mary Joe Fernandez said. Two Slams, a silver medal [at the Rio Olympics] and then a title [in Singapore] -- that would be icing on the cake. Air Jordan 1 Outlet Sale . Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursdays opening training session. Cheap Retro Air Jordan 1 . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. http://www.airjordan1cheap.com/ . Brazilian national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that the veteran goalkeeper is set to join Toronto on loan, saying it will help him be ready for the World Cup. Air Jordan 1 From China . Louis Blues absence from top spot in the TSN. Discount Air Jordan 1 . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday.Sunderland boss David Moyes has described Saturdays home clash with Hull as a typical six-pointer, between two sides struggling for survival in the Premier League. The Black Cats go into the contest on the back of their first league win of the season, but remain bottom of the table and six points from safety.Opponents Hull also won their most recent match, following a run of eight games which yielded just a single point, after winning their opening two fixtures of the season. Looking ahead to this weekends encounter, Moyes admitted: They had a difficult pre-season starting with Steve [Bruce] leaving and Mick [Phelan] taking over. I watched them last time as well and they picked up a really important three points. Premier League Highlights November 20, 2016, 8:00am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Its a six-pointer. They started the season very well, surprisingly. But sometimes in adversity that works for you.Sometimes in football you make changes. I chose to make some when I went to Manchester United.As for Sunderlands 2-1 win at Bournemouth last time out, the Scot added: I feel its a monkey off our backs. Weve had a good couple of weeks but the result was coming.Weve been close along the line and it feels good to win again and Im looking forward to it happening more often. Premier League Highlights November 27, 2016, 7:30am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Theyve worked hard to get it as well.dddddddddddd Overall, weve deserved it. Weve had great support from the fans. Weve got a lot of things going for us so we want to try and keep it going.Sunderland have also had their share of injuries this season but Moyes is hopeful that the clubs prospects are looking up.He went on: Im hoping we are through the worst of injuries you never know how luck goes for you. But the old saying goes you have to work to make your own luck.We have to turn any bad luck into good luck if we can. The players are in good spirits after that win and well try and do it again now. We’ve got a lot of things going for us so we want to try and keep it going. Moyes on Saturdays game Weve got people making good progress like Vito Mannone, whos had some game time. Seb Larsson had some game time. Fabio Borini is not back yet and neither is Lee Cattermole. But in the main were better.Jack Rodwell has got an injury and not available. Jan Kirchhoff is back in training but not available. Januzaj is back.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: Cattermole out for four months Watmore: Momentum is vital Sunderland fixtures Sunderland stats ' ' '

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