New world number one Angelique Kerber won the US Open title on Saturday with a battling 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
It was Kerber’s second Slam of the season after winning a first major at the Australian Open in January.
Kerber had to fight back from a break down in the final set in Arthur Ashe Stadium to win 6-3 4-6 6-4 and seal her second grand slam title this year.
Pliskova had knocked out Serena Williams in the semi-final in New York but could not manage a repeat against Kerber, who becomes the first German US Open champion since Steffi Graf in 1996.
“It’s just amazing. I won my second grand slam in one year, that’s the best year in my career,” said an emotional Kerber. “It’s actually just incredible. Everything started for me here in 2011, and now I’m here in 2016, five years later and I’m standing here with the trophy, it means so much to me.”
Kerber became the first woman to win a major without losing a set since Serena Williams at the 2014 US Open. She will rise to No1 in the world when the new rankings come out Monday, replacing Williams.
Pliskova had never made it past the third round at a major prior to this fortnight and was proud of how she competed in her maiden slam final.
“Definitely I found out that I can my best tennis on the biggest stage against the top players,” said Pliskova, who will rise to No6 in the world. “I just want to say congrats to Angie, she really proved that she is the world No1.”
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