Tennis

Angelique Kerber wins US Open

Angelique Kerber wins US Open 2016, becoming world number one
Angelique Kerber wins US Open 2016, becoming world number one Robert Deutsch/USA Today

Angelique Kerber has won the US Open, marking her rise to world number one with a thrilling victory over Karolina Pliskova. The 28-year-old German tennis star will be recognized as World Number One on Monday.

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Seeded second, 28-year-old Kerber of Germany rallied from a break down in the third set to beat the hard-hitting 10th-seeded Czech 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 – breaking 24-year-old Pliskova at love to cap the triumph.

"Being there as champion, this year, to hold this trophy, I can't say it in words," said Kerber, who added the US Open crown to the Australian Open title she claimed in January.

"It’s amazing to win a second Grand Slam in one year," Kerber went on. "It's the best year of my career.

"It all started for me here in New York five years ago when I reached the semi-finals and now I am here with the trophy. It’s incredible."

Kerber is the first German to win the US Open since Steffi Graf in 1996. The 28-year-old left-hander, who beat Serena Williams in the final at Melbourne and lost to the US great in the Wimbledon final, will officially rise to world number one on Monday.

"To be number one and win Grand Slam titles was always my dream ever since I was a little girl," Kerber said. "It means so much."

Pliskova, who had never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam in 17 prior attempts, also beat Venus Williams en route to the title match, becoming just the fourth player to beat both Williams sisters in the same Grand Slam. Her powerful groundstrokes had Kerber on the run at times, but her 47 unforced errors were, finally, too much to overcome despite her 40 winners.

When Pliskova's final forehand sailed out, Kerber was launched on a joyous celebration, climbing into box where coach Torben Beltz was sitting then returning to the court where the tears flowed.

 

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