US Open 2012: Kerber Hits Another Point of the Tournament in Loss to Errani

Cliff PotterCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2012

Sara Errani was as tough as they come in defeating Angie Kerber 7-6, 6-3.
Sara Errani was as tough as they come in defeating Angie Kerber 7-6, 6-3.Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In a huge match, with Louis Armstrong stadium quickly packed, Sara Errani and Angie Kerber played a tough match, with Errani winning in straight sets 7-6, 6-3.

Virginia Wade called Angie Kerber's shot at 4-4 in the first set perhaps the best shot of the tournament during a live telecast of Kerber's match against Sara Errani. Kerber had hit so many in this tournament—it is hard to choose just one. Perhaps the most exciting was during her match with Venus Williams, where after an exceptional rally she dropped the same shot to win and eventually dominated Venus to win.

In a match that saw four breaks in the first set and resembled a match on clay, soft, almost lobbed shots kept Kerber from using her great defensive power ground strokes and wore down Kerber. Errani's slow play eliminated her inferior height to a game of chance, allowing 80 MPH serves to overcome many of Kerber's best assets.

Errani began to show some fatigue, double faulting at 5-6 with the second ball going high and long to bring the game to 40-40.

Kerber failed to go to the net much in the first set. In fact, she shunned the net in the first set as if it were a disease. Her efforts in the match were filled with errors, showing that this was a weakness in her game that needs to be fixed.

On the other hand, Errani played at net with huge success.

Sitting two points back at 5-3 in the tie break, Kerber looked like she was going to come in and this indecision cost her the set, with Kerber double faulting at 5-6 in the tiebreak.

Kerber's confidence was largely gone during the first set. Yet she came back and began to look like the player she is after facing 1-3.

In the first game of the second set, Kerber began to come to the net. Her first effort was wide. Mistakes came quicker to Kerber later in that first game, making it essential for her to change the game despite her failures at net. After another difficult and long game, Kerber kept making errors, with ten after two games and one point. Six consecutive unforced errors starting at break point in her favor in the first game were an utter nightmare.

Finally, Errani began to crack a bit with Kerber playing better, quickly righting the set 3-3.

But, Errani came back, winning four challenges in the second set which were each very difficult for Kerber at prime points in the match. The last was with Errani playing pity pat with her serves, with this one again in according to the challenge camera. Double match point went to Errani with another Kerber error.

With her tentative play, Kerber exited with a horrible final game in the US Open. Will the next for Kerber mean she will return to her old ways, or get herself righted again as she did after her 2011 US Open? Only time will tell. But to say that this match was a great disappointment is to minimize its possible lasting effects.