World No.1 Angelique Kerber, who is looking to leave a dismal clay season in the rear-view mirror where she crashed out in the first round of the French Open, claimed, it is harder to stay on top than getting to the top of the rankings.

Her top spot will be challenged during the Wimbledon by powerful Czech Karolina Pliskova and the stubborn Romanian Simona Halep, Kerber appeared to be gaining her confidence back in her opening round game against 247th-ranked qualifier Irina Falconi. The 29-year-old beat the American 6-4, 6-4 in her Wimbledon opener on Tuesday.

In her first match, which lasted almost one and a half hours, she was playing cautiously as her opponent smashed several forehand winners. However, as the match progressed. Kerber can be seen hitting her stride and she eventually put herself in a commanding position to advance to the second round.

Scenes from a year earlier, when she fought valiantly against Serena Williams on the same court, might have flashed before her eyes. The German will now prepare to face Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens in the second round on Thursday.

 “I am on my way. In the last few months I had a few ups and downs. There are a lot of things that I have learned, new experiences I have had. Now I am feeling good. I was practicing good in the last few weeks after Paris. This is the first step I did today.” said Kerber, who will need to at least make it till the final if she wants to give herself any chance of retaining her world number one ranking.