Angelique Kerber, who was one match away from becoming the first German woman to reach the Roland Garros semi-final stage since Steffi Graf in 1999, expects to bounce back in style on grass.
The no10 seed at the 2012 French Open soared into the quarter-finals, only to be left dazed and confused by the petite Italian ace Sara Errani – the runner-up to Maria Sharapova in Paris.
Kerber was given the runaround throughout their tie, and even ran straight into the umpire’s chair during their tussle.
But the German no1 will have to control her fragile temperament if she is going to make an impact at Devonshire Park ahead of Wimbledon and London 2012.
She impressed in the early rounds to end her grueling clay court season, but was second best to the Italian.
Yet Kerber has to be among the favourites to claim the 2012 AEGON International crown, having show the skills and determination to reach the 2011 US Open semi-finals.
Whether Kerber can ever fill the massive shoes of her compatriot, the legendary Graff, remains to be seen. But she is certainly giving it her best shot – and is seen by many as a potential world no1.
She admitted: “If I want to be the best in the world then I have to be fast and resistant, I also have to think more!”