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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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