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Angelique Kerber admits she needs a rest after WTA Finals defeat

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates victory in her singles match against Madison Keys of the United States during day 5
Image: Angelique Kerber admits to needing a vacation

Angelique Kerber says she is looking forward to a well-earned break after being beaten in straight sets by Slovakian world No 8 Dominika Cibulkova in the WTA Finals title decider on Sunday.

The 28-year-old reached the pinnacle of women's tennis after title victories at the Australian and US Opens in 2016, but Cibulkova was too quick and too consistent for Kerber in Singapore as she eased to a 6-3 6-4 victory.

"In my mind I know that it's now over," Kerber said "Of course I had a lot of the matches, a lot of tough matches, and also a lot of great finals and great memories this year. Now I'm ready for a vacation."

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"I will go forward with a lot of confidence for the next year. I think it will be different because I'm starting as number one and this is a new situation for me.

"But I'm actually not thinking too much about next year yet. I'm still here and have an off-season to work hard again and then I will think more about next year."

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia poses with the trophy after victory in her singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany at the WTA Finals
Image: Cibulkova lifts the trophy after victory in her singles final at the WTA Finals

After winning two grand slams, reaching the Wimbledon final and claiming an Olympic silver medal in Rio, Kerber was an overwhelming favourite to claim her first year-end championship crown, but she never recovered after making a slow start.

"I was not playing my best tennis from the beginning and she played very well. I mean, she was going for it," added Kerber. 

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"I tried to give it everything and the goal was to play aggressive and win the match but sometimes you have such days.

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"It's the last match of the year, so I'm not as fresh as I would be if it was the first match. I did give everything on court as this is always my priority.

"Today it was not enough, though, it was not my day."  

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