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Australian Open women’s final : Kerber crowned champion

The German No.7 seed shocked world No.1 and defending champion Serena Williams 6-4 3-6 6-4 to claim her maiden grand slam title.

ANGELIQUE Kerber stared history in the eye before cutting down Serena Williams in one of the greatest upsets in grand slam history on Saturday night.
My dream come true on this night,” Kerber said.
“My whole life I was working neally hard but now I am here and I can say I am a grand slam champion and it sounds really crazy.”
Even more remarkably, Kerber’s victory over arguably the greatest player in history came after she saved a match point in the first round last week against Japan’s Misaki Doi.
“In the first match, I was match point down so I was one leg in the plane back to Germany,” she said.
“I got my second chance...and this is the best two weeks of my life, my career.
“I had goosebumps here when I was playing on the centre court.”
Williams, 34, imploded with 46 unforced errors and six double faults in one of the most wasteful performances of a glittering career.
“It was a great match,” she said sportingly.

“Angie, you did so well. You played the best in the tournament so let me be the first to congratulate you.”
Kerber will rise to world No 2 with victory, earning $3.4million for the win.
Immune to the prospect of Williams moving into equal second on the all-time grand slam winner’s list alongside Steffi Graf, Kerber stubbornly defied the American.
Urged on by a supportive, disbelieving crowd, Kerber completed a miracle win to become the first German woman to snare a major since Graf at Wimbledon in 1999.
More composed in her major final debut than Williams was in her 26th, Kerber was also more adventurous.
Icily controlled during the 128-minute contest, Kerber could not comprehend what she had achieved when the realisation of victory struck.
I didn't know this, no,” Kerber said of breaking Williams’ three-set streak. “But when we went to the third set, I told myself actually, ‘OK, you can do it, as well’. I played a lot of three-set matches in the last few years. I won a lot of these. I was actually more confident to go into the third set.” 
Kerber beat two former champions – Williams and Victoria Azarenka – en route to her Grand Slam breakthrough, and became the first German woman to hold the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in 22 years – the last, of course, being Graf.
She becomes the eighth player to win the Australian Open from match point down, having survived one against Misaki Doi in the first round.


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