Angelique Kerber wins US Open

NEW YORK: Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) in a thrilling encounter to win US Open Women’s final and also second grand slam title of 2016.

Already assured of the No. 1 ranking, things got even better for 28-year-old German — who will rise from second to first in the rankings Monday, ahead of Serena Williams — became the first female player other than Williams to win two majors in a season since Justine Henin in 2007.

Kerber is the first woman from Germany to win the U.S. Open and the first to get to No. 1 since her idol and mentor, Steffi Graf.

Indeed it has been a stellar year for Kerber, started her grand slam account at the Australian Open by defeating Williams, made the final at Wimbledon — losing to Williams in a high-quality encounter — and won silver at the Rio Olympics last month.

“When I was a kid I was always dreaming to be No. 1 and win grand slams,” Kerber, a breakthrough artist at the US Open five years ago in reaching the semis, said during the trophy presentation. “All the dreams came true this year and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment on court and off court.

“It’s just incredible.”

“Everything started here in 2011, and now I’m here in 2016 and I’m standing with the trophy, second grand slam trophy, and it means so much to me.”

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