US Open champ Kerber replaces Williams at No. 1 in rankings

US Open champ Kerber replaces Williams at No. 1 in rankings

Serena Williams made it to the first three grand slam finals of the season, winning a seventh Wimbledon title before losing in the semifinals here.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd roared, and Kerber celebrated by raising her right hand and wagging her index finger in the air, as if to remind opponent Karolina Pliskova - and everyone else - "I'm No. 1!"

Kerber was at her counterpunching best and picked her spots to be aggressive against the powerful Pliskova, who wilted late in the third under hot, humid conditions.

The German said at a news conference in Munich following her return to Germany on Tuesday that she now has to enjoy the benefits of her place in the record books. In her next major, Kerber lost in the first round to 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens at the French Open. Pliskova then won the next service game to take a 5-3 lead in the set, before failing to break Kerber and allowing her to trim it to 5-4.

The final was played on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Mattek-Sands wore knee-high socks and a left wrist band with the same red-and-white-striped, star-spangled design she did while teaming with Jack Sock to win a gold medal in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics last month. Her subsequent loss seemed to confirm Kerber's indomitability.

Comparisons, though, are inevitable after Kerber became the first German to win the U.S. Open since Graf claimed the last of her five Flushing Meadows crowns in 1996.

"Winning the second Grand Slam title, it was a bit different", she stated.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber officially became the oldest woman to debut at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, ending Serena Williams' record-tying run of 186 consecutive weeks in the top spot.

Kerber slipped into negativity in the second set and stopped the slide by thinking about her Australian Open final against Serena Williams. From there, Djokovic briefly began conceding points, showing little of the fight he's so famous for.

"If you want to beat the No. 1 player in the world, you have to give everything", said Wawrinka who has won his last 11 finals. Pliskova, meanwhile, converted just two of seven break-point chances. And Pliskova was troubled by that in the early going, making 17 unforced errors in the first set alone, 14 more than Kerber.

"It's just incredible", a beaming Kerber, told an adoring crowd after being handed the winner's cheque of $3.5 million. "And when I won the point I knew, 'Okay, I have the feeling.' Now just to go for it".

The next women's champion of the US Open will be decided this weekend.

Suddnely, Kerber was the one on the defensive and the star refocused her approach after Pliskova forced a deciding third set. "I mean, I can't say it in words, actually".

"All the dreams came true this year", Kerber said. "She deserved to win today".

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