Kerber: I have nothing to lose against Serena


Angelique Kerber said she has nothing to lose against world number one Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, though the seventh seed is determined to make the most of her opportunity.

Kerber will contest her maiden grand-slam decider after beating Johanna Konta 7-5 6-2 at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

The 28-year-old had never made it beyond the last four of a major prior to this year's Australian Open.

Now Kerber has the opportunity to join an elite group of slam victors as defending champion Williams bids to claim her 22nd.

"I have nothing to lose against Serena," said the German.

"But at the other point, I can lose the match, you know. Because I will go out there, try to enjoy my first final, try to beat Serena, of course, as well.

"I must play my best tennis to have a chance. I saw the match today against Aga [Radwanska]; she was playing unbelievably good.

"But I think the nerves will be getting better when I'm getting out there in the finals."

Kerber, who was almost dumped out of the Australian Open in the first round as she saved a match point in a second-set tie-break against Misaki Doi, added: "It's a special moment, a special feeling to get there right now, to be in the final.

"For four years I'm in the top 10. I was not playing so good last year in the big tournaments.

"Now that was my focus, to play better in the bigger one. Now I'm in the finals here. So that means a lot. I had great two weeks here with ups and downs, with the first match point down, playing against a German. 

"But great experience, great two weeks. At the end I'm in the final, so I'm really looking forward it."