The final game of the women’s singles in Melbourne, Australia, turned out to be sensational as Germany’s Angelique Kerber shocked world number 1, Serena Williams, beating her 6-4 3-6 6-4 on the Rod Laver Arena.
Williams, 34, was on course to win her seventh Australian Open and also match Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles but was thwarted by 28-year old Kerber, who is seeded seventh. Kerber will now become number 2 in the world rankings.
Kerber overpowered Williams in the first set, leaving the American to make as many as 23 errors, setting the stage for what was going to be an intense final. When Williams raced into the lead in the second set however, it appeared the American had gotten her game back on and was heading for victory.
The world number one didn’t look convincing in the final set as Kerber moved ahead twice in the set. Save the best for last must have been on Kerber’s mind when she produced two fine drop shots to go 4-2 up and edge closer to victory.
Kerber, who had just won her first Grand Slam had this to say
“It’s my dream come. I worked for this my whole life,” said the German.
“It’s been such an up and down two weeks, I was match point down in the first round and had one foot in the plane to Germany.
“Now I have beaten Serena and won the championship. I have so many emotions, so many thoughts, but all of them good ones.”
Williams had words of congratulations for Kerber: “Angie, congratulations. You deserve this and I’m so happy for you. I really hope you enjoy this moment.”