Angelique Kerber set up a Grand Slam rematch against Serena Williams in her 6-4, 6-4 victory Thursday over Venus Williams.
In Saturday’s Wimbledon final, top-seeded Williams will face fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber. Kerber and Williams are fairly familiar with each other after competing seven times over the past few years. The last time they met was when Kerber stunned Williams during the final of the Australian Open in January to win her first major.
The Wimbledon final will be their first reunion on the court since that match, which Kerber won in three sets. Saturday will mark Kerber’s first Wimbledon final.
“Venus won so many times here and was playing really well. That’s why I’m so happy to reach my first Wimbledon final,” Kerber said to reporters.
“It’s a really good feeling. I’m really enjoying my tennis life.”
The 28-year-old has experienced a boost in ranking, and earnings in 2016. Here are five fast facts to know about Kerber’s net worth:
1. She Has Earned Over $3.2 Million in 2016
The left-handed player bagged over $2,553,740 in prize money by winning the Australian Open. Williams walked away with $1,276,870.
Kerber Has Earned $3,221,182 to date in 2016.
She became the first German to win a grand slam since her idol Steffi Graf in 1999.
Currently ranked at No. 4 in the Women’s Singles World Ranking, Kerber started her Australian Open within one point during the opening round. It took the German player six matches to beat the best female player in the world– staging a huge upset and taking home her first Grand Slam title.
2. Kerber’s Net Worth Is Estimated at $20 Million
Kerber has a net worth estimated around $20 million, according to Inquisitr.
Following her win of the 2016 Australian Open, Kerber said it was a dream come true.
“I got my second chance, and this is my dream come true,” Kerber said in her on-court interview. “My whole life I am working really hard, and now I am here and call myself a Grand Slam champion.”
3. Kerber Is a Brand Ambassador for Porsche
Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete in the world, racking up $20 million in sponsorship deals with the likes of Beats, Delta Airlines, and IBM. Kerber may not have the same level of lucrative sponsorships as her top competitor, however she has partnered with well-known corporations to promote her brand and increase her endorsement portfolio.
Porsche named Kerber their National Brand Ambassador in January 2015, after partnering with Maria Sharapova back in April 2013 and making her their inaugural brand ambassador.
Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG said Kerber is an excellent representative of the company’s values:
Angelique Kerber’s dynamism and fighting spirit have secured here a firm place amongst the world’s tennis elite. Her friendly demeanour has made her one of the most popular German sportswomen. She and Porsche therefore go together. For Porsche, the engaging of Angelique Kerber as a National Brand Ambassador is a further indication of our commitment to women’s tennis.
Kerber said: “I will do my best as a player to add many additional chapters to the success story and be a worthy representative of Porsche as a brand ambassador.”
4. Kerber Partnered With Adidas to Develop Her Own Line of Tennis Gear
Kerber has also worked to develop her own brand of tennis gear, ranging from on-court outfits to rackets, partnered with Adidas to sell the products on several websites and in store.
According to Adidas, the the tennis attire is “not only visually striking, but performance-driven as well, best suiting confident players who seek performance, boldness and aesthetics in one powerful mix.”
5. She Has Earned Over $12.4 Million in Her Career
In singles, and doubles combined Kerber has won $12,406,351. Kerber has a chance to add significantly to her earnings with a win at Wimbledon.
The 2016 Championships at Wimbledon promise the winners a full $2,590,000 in the men’s and women’s singles draws.
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