MELBOURNE (Reuters) - New coach Rainer Schuettler\u2019s experience as a former player at the top level has been invaluable for Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and the world number two believes her poor end to last season is truly behind her. Tennis - WTA Tour Finals - Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore - October 26, 2018 Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her group stage match against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. REUTERS\/Edgar SuKerber, a triple Grand Slam winner, parted ways with coach Wim Fissette ahead of the WTA Finals in Singapore due to differences of opinion regarding the future. A month later Kerber announced former Australian Open finalist Schuettler as her new coach. \u201cI think he is (my) first coach that also played,\u201d Kerber said on Saturday during her pre-Australian Open news conference. \u201cHe knows how it is to being under pressure, to having the emotions on court. \u201cHe understands my thinking. On court he is also a hard worker, he loves the sport like me. We are both really trying to do our best. We have the passion. \u201cTo me, it\u2019s great to have Rainer on my team. I have a great team. I\u2019m looking forward to the season right now.\u201d After denying Serena Williams a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July, Kerber suffered a third round loss at the U.S. Open, suffered early exits at four other tournaments and failed to progress from her group at the WTA Finals, prompting the change in coaching personnel. She looked sharp again at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week, winning all four of her singles matches, even though Germany lost to Roger Federer\u2019s Switzerland in the final. \u201cI think I cannot compare this because, you know, after a long season, you are just trying to survive at the end, trying to push yourself, playing still good tennis,\u201d she said. \u201cBut now we have a new season coming, and the motivation is really high again. You know, for me it\u2019s important to go on court and try to making the transit in my practice sessions to the match ones. \u201cI was really working hard in the pre-season, and now I\u2019m looking forward to the competition and playing matches again.\u201d The German, who turns 31 next week, won her maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in 2016, but she was not putting too much pressure on herself or looking too far ahead. \u201cI\u2019m not putting too much expectation on me... I\u2019m here to, like always, at the Grand Slams, find my rhythm, play the first round, try to do my best and then look day by day,\u201d she said. \u201cI know that I am playing good right now, that I had good matches, that I have the confidence. But still it\u2019s not easy to being here. The tournament starts from zero. \u201cYou never know what\u2019s (going to) happen. Also the conditions are never so easy here in Melbourne. But, yeah, I\u2019m looking forward.\u201d Editing by Greg StutchburyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.