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Angelique Kerber snatches worlds No. 1 title from Serena Williams

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber, of Germany, kisses the championship trophy

    Angelique Kerber says patience and hard graft turned her into No1

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber holds up the championship trophy after beating Karolina Pliskova

    Before this tennis season began, Angelique Kerber had never played in a Grand Slam final. In the nine months since then, she has appeared in three, won two of them and will become the No. 1 player in the world.

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber, of Germany, poses with the WTA No. 1 trophy

    Kerber, from Germany, added to her remarkable season with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber kisses the championship trophy

    The match was tight, tense and tiring for both players and fans on a humid afternoon.

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber reacts after defeating Karolina Pliskova

    In the third set, Kerber battled back from a 3-1 deficit to break Pliskova’s serve at love in the final game and fall to the ground in triumph.

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber, of Germany, poses with the WTA No. 1 trophy

    At 28 years old, Kerber, once a level below the sport’s elite, is suddenly at the top of the game.

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber, of Germany, reacts after winning a game against Karolina Pliskova

    She beat Serena Williams in this year’s Australian Open final, and then lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final.

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber returns a shot to Karolina Pliskova

    She also won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio.

  • U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber, WTA No. 1, Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova
    Angelique Kerber poses with the WTA No. 1 trophy

    Kerber won her first six matches at the Open without losing a set

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