Angelique Kerber is the new tennis world number 1 after winning the US Open.
The German won the title on Saturday, beating Czech’s Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The trophy is her second Grand Slam of the year, after winning the Australian Open in January.
“Amazing to win a second Grand Slam in one year,” Kerber said. “It’s the best year of my career.
“It all started for me here in New York five years ago when I reached the semi-finals and now I am here with the trophy,” she added. “It’s incredible.”
Angelique Kerber wins 2016 US Open
Kerber will become the World number one officially on Monday, replacing Serena Williams, whom she beat in the Australian Open final.
“To be number one and win Grand Slam titles was always my dream ever since I was a little girl,” Kerber said. “It means so much.”
“It was a great match tonight,” Pliskova said. “I knew it was going to be difficult.
“Even though I couldn’t get the win, I’m still happy with the way I played the last three weeks. Hopefully there will be many more finals to come.
“I found out I can play against the best players in the world on the big courts,” Pliskova also added. “Angie also proved she is the number one, it was an honor to play her.”