Representing Germany in the quarterfinals where the Germans faced Australia, Kerber scored a win out of her two matches played, over Samantha Stosur, but the 2014 runner-ups would progress by winning the tie 4—1.
She would subsequently end the year ranked world No.
Her second serve is a special weakness, which is highly vulnerable to attacks, which means she seldom gains over 50% of points for second serves.
After a string of early exits in and , Kerber made the third round of the with wins over Russian qualifiers, and Alla Kudryavtseva, but lost to unseeded youngster.
In the quarterfinals, she avenged her Brisbane loss by defeating two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, her first win against the Belarusian, to advance to the third Grand Slam semifinal of her career, her first since Wimbledon in 2012.
Her second serve is a particular weakness, and is highly susceptible to attack, meaning that she rarely wins more than 50 percent of second serve points.