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Tennis star before the Australian Open "Bit of a panic" – Kerber is worried about Long Covid

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After a positive corona test in December, Angelique Kerber’s participation in the Australian Open was on the brink for a long time. Now Germany’s best tennis player is in Melbourne – and presents herself thoughtfully.

Angelique Kerber has meanwhile worried about her participation in the Australian Open due to her coronavirus infection and worried about possible long-term consequences. “I was glad that I had the vaccination. But of course you don’t know how things will continue and whether you’ll get Long Covid. Before that I was a bit panicky, not panicky, but respectful,” said Germany’s best tennis player on Friday in Melbourne.

The 33-year-old from Kiel tested positive in December and only continued her preparation for the new season after Christmas. “I’m fine again,” said the former number one in the world three days before the start of the Australian Open, but reported: “My course was ok. I had a fever in the first few days and everything that goes with it, also no taste and so on.” She does not know where she got infected.

In the meantime, she has had a thorough examination in Frankfurt and fortunately everything is fine, she said: “At the beginning I didn’t know if I could even make Melbourne.”

The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner canceled her originally planned start at the preparatory tournament in Sydney. Without match practice, she will start at the Australian Open starting on Monday and has caught an unpleasant task for the first round in the Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

“Expectations are relatively low,” said Kerber, who triumphed in Melbourne in 2016: “My goal is always the second week, but this year I’m looking from round to round like never before.”

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