Former world No.1 Angelique Kerber admits she would have thought twice about competing at this year’s Australian Open had she known about the two weeks of hard quarantine that she’d be forced to endure.Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, was dumped out of the draw in a stunning round one upset, a heavy 6-0 6-3 loss to American Bernarda Pera, whose best result at a grand slam is a third round appearance.Watch the Australian Open with live streams of every court at 9Now. Click here to start watching!Pera, ranked 149th in the world, avoided the hard quarantine treatment Kerber had to undergo, which the German star felt played a part in today’s loss. Kerber was forced to isolate in her hotel room for two weeks upon her arrival in Melbourne after a passenger on her plane returned a positive test to COVID-19.Despite that setback, she still featured in three Melbourne lead-up matches before today’s clash with Pera, but the 33-year-old said she wasn’t “feeling the rhythm” she had prior to departing for Australia.”Definitely (it had an impact), yes,” Kerber told reporters after the match. Angelique Kerber (Getty)”I mean, of course I was really trying to staying positive and doing the best out of the two-week situation.”But, of course, you feel it, especially if you play a real match where it counts and you play the first matches in a Grand Slam, also against an opponent who doesn’t stay in the hard lockdown.”I was feeling this at the beginning, that of course my balls are always a little bit out and I was not feeling the rhythm that I was before the two weeks, to be honest. That’s for sure, I mean.”But what can I do? I tried the best out of it. Of course, you feel it if you are not hitting ball two weeks and you are not in the rhythm.” Bernarda Pera (Getty)Kerber applauded Australia’s fight against COVID-19 but admitted she would have reconsidered coming here had she known she would face a hard quarantine period.”First of all, I mean, Australia is doing a really good job,” she added.”Now when you are free, you go outside, everything is open. Of course, it feels like a normal life, let’s say.”But when I’m looking back, of course It was not planned the two weeks hard quarantine.”I don’t know, maybe if I knew that before to stay really two weeks in the hard quarantine without hitting a ball, maybe I would think twice about that.”But I was trying to take the motivation also for this tournament because it’s one of my favourite tournaments.”Of course, I knew that we play with a little bit of fans, which is always such a different than playing with no fans.”It makes playing tennis much more fun to play out there. So that was my motivation.”But, of course, if I knew the real situation before my trip, I would think maybe twice to come here.”For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!
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