Champion! Angelique Kerber wins US Open 2016, second Grand Slam of her stunning season


Angelique Kerber won the US Open marking her rise to world number one with a gritty victory over Karolina Pliskova to add a second Grand Slam crown to her magical 2016 season. AFP


Angelique Kerber kisses the trophy after a battling 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Karolina Pliskova gave her the US Open title. AFP


US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova waves at the crowd after the final. Pliskova, who had never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam in 17 prior attempts, also beat Venus Williams en route to the title match, becoming just the fourth player to beat both Williams sisters in the same Grand Slam. AFP


Seeded second Kerber rallied from a break down in the third set to beat the hard-hitting 10th-seeded Czech, breaking Pliskova at love to cap the triumph. AFP


Pliskova's powerful groundstrokes had Kerber on the run at times, but her 47 unforced errors were, finally, too much to overcome despite her 40 winners. AFP


When Pliskova's final forehand sailed out, Kerber was launched on a joyous celebration, climbing into box where coach Torben Beltz was sitting then returning to the court where the tears flowed. AFP


Despite her loss, Pliskova, the the first player to take a set off Kerber at Flushing Meadows, said she had no regrets. AFP

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2016 14:41 PM

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