Angelique Kerber is undoubtedly a talented player, a two time slam winner and the top seeded player in what many acknowledge to be a wide open Wimbledon.
However, despite moving into the third round, not only does she seem unhappy on court but is playing defensively. By that, I mean she is hitting the ball well within the lines, getting the ball back and looking for her opponent to make mistake. She is such a marvellous athlete who retrieves well and so far it’s worked but as she progresses it won’t!
Contrast this with Wozniacki, playing with renewed joy, attacking the ball and dusting the lines. Caroline is a similar age to Kerber and has had her tribulations in the past. She’s another player considered to be defensive but is certainly playing with more verve and an attacking mindset than Kerber. While Kerber is hitting well within the lines of the court, Wozniaki is stretching her opponents by going close to or for the lines.
Last year in building a team with a different culture to that of the bank in which we were working, to facilitate innovation, I asked one team member what she wanted out of her job. Amongst other things a key element was to come to work and have fun!
In the kind of worlds that many of us work in, having fun is indeed a possibility at work. Indeed, along with a number of other characteristics, enjoying one’s work is a key element of a productive worker. So at the moment I wouldn’t stake too much money on Angie Kerber winning Wimbledon!