Former tennis world number one Angelique Kerber is not thinking of ending her career any time soon.

“I still have great passion for the sport. I know I can still compete,” the 34-year-old said at a press conference ahead of her opening match at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart: “I feel good, I’m healthy, and I’ve always said I’ll play as long as I have this feeling.”

In March, Ashleigh Barty, Australian world number one, had retired at just 26. “That was surprising for everyone from Ash. But she achieved everything” said Kerber: “She will go her way, she has not only the talent for tennis, but also for other sports, she will be successful there as well.”

In Stuttgart, the unseeded Kerber will face world number six Anett Kontaveit from Estonia in the first round. “It’s not an easy first round, I’ve lost to her the last two times,” said Kerber: “But I don’t look at the draw like that, I look at playing my best tennis and enjoying this.