German Tennis player and 7th seed Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the finals of Australian Open to win her first Grand Slam and stopping Serena from equalling the legendary Steffi Graf.
Kerber first broke Serena in the second game of the set to take a 2-0 lead, but was broken immediately back by Serena. She then broke Serena again in the 6th game, which lasted for around 16 games to take a 4-2 lead in the final set. At 5-3, and serving for the championship, Kerber was broken by Serena and to bring it back on serve at 4-5.
However, Australian Open was destined to see a new Champion today, which meant that Serena couldn’t hold her serve and Kerber took home her first Grand Slam.
“When I played here the first round I was match point down and playing with one leg on the plane to Germany,” an emotional Kerber said in a courtside interview.
“I took my second chance to play the final against Serena. To win it is my dream come true. Now I can say I’m a grand slam champion and it sounds really crazy.”
The opening salvo had looked ominous as Williams raced through the first game to love and then put pressure on the German, who was down 15-30 after a double fault but managed to suppress any demons she may have had and held on.
The 28-year-old German then played superb defensive tennis against the powerful Williams, scrambling to force her to play an extra shot that ultimately contributed to 23 unforced errors from the American in the first set.
Twitter was all praise for the new World No. 2 and we bring you the best tweets on the final.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 30, 2016
Angelique Kerber saved a match point in the first round against world No 64 Misaki Doi. Now the German is the Australian Open champion.
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 30, 2016
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) January 30, 2016
— prakash bikram shah (@ShahSpeaks_) January 30, 2016
Great women's final, so entertaining. Hard luck Serena, so gracious in defeat. Well done to Angelique Kerber on her 1st grand slam #AusOpen
— Marcia Layne (@MarciaLayne) January 30, 2016
— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) January 30, 2016
Rambly joy from Angelique Kerber. For her consistent excellence over past four years, this moment was very well earned. #AusOpen
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 30, 2016
This is grace: Angelique Kerber to Serena Williams. "You're a real inspiration.. You are a champion. You are an unbelievable great person."
— Dr Julia Baird (@bairdjulia) January 30, 2016
From Zhang Shuai to Angelique Kerber, this #AusOpen has been filled with wonderful stories of athletes getting the wins that mean so much
— Dawn Rhodes (@rhodes_dawn) January 30, 2016
After not losing a set all tournament, Serena Williams loses the #AusOpen final to Angelique Kerber in 3 sets.
— ATVSportsZone (@atvsportszone) January 30, 2016
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 30, 2016
— Dr. Marc Williams (@networkingman14) January 30, 2016
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 30, 2016