Women’s tennis No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber has had great success this year. This time, she pulled off a win in her first U.S. Open title by downing opponent Karolina Pliskova in the finals on Saturday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Kerber became No. 1 in the rankings because Serena Williams lost in the semifinals of the tournament.
The No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the third set to outclass No. 10 ranked Pliskova of the Czech Republic in 2 hours and 7 minutes.
According to the Washington Post, the German, who had ‘been around a really long time’, as Williams put it in admiring Kerber after their Australian Open final in January, Kerber started the year at No. 10.
That spot was considered a typical spot as Kerber dwelled on the top for as much as five years. Kerber has won Australian Open and also battled Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final but lost. Through the months, the now No.1 seed Angelique Kerber, was a solid No. 2 behind Williams.
“I was trying to stay in the moment, trying to play my game,” Kerber said. “I was trying to enjoy the final. It means a lot to me to be No. 1. When I was a kid, I wanted to be No. 1 in the world and win Grand Slams. All the dreams came true this year. I’m trying to enjoy all the moments, on court and off court.”
For Pliskova, it was her first Grand Slam final. The Czech had never gone past third round in a major. She defeated both Williams sisters to reach the final, saving a match point against Venus in the fourth round, LA Times posted.
At 28 years old, Kerber becomes the oldest player to debut at No. 1 and the first German woman to be on the top spot since Steffi Graf.
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