Germany’s Angelique Kerber defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the US Open on Saturday and claim her second Grand Slam title.
The win capped off a remarkable year for the German, who was ranked 11 last year and had a 6-4 win-loss record at the four Grand Slams.
This year, she broke through at the Australian Open, defeating Serena Williams for her first major title. A first-round exit at the French Open was followed by a runner-up finish to Serena at Wimbledon. She then went on to win silver at the Rio Olympics before her title run at Flushing Meadows.
Kerber became the first German to win the US Open since 1996, as well as the first woman since Martina Hingis in 1997 to win the Australian Open and US Open in the same year.
Kerber will officially replace Serena as the new World No. 1 on Monday after Pliskova’s win over the American in the semifinals ensured Kerber’s place at the top, regardless of the result in the final.
Kerber’s win had several famous tennis players, current and former, as well as several athletes from other sports, congratulating her on Twitter. Oh, and she put out a celebratory tweet herself.
US OPEN CHAMPION!!! WOW, I DID IT!!! pic.twitter.com/YpWv5A7jaM— Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) September 10, 2016
A big congrats to @AngeliqueKerber on her 2nd major of the year AND becoming the worlds #1. It's a feat only a few have accomplished....🏆🏆— rennae stubbs (@rennaestubbs) September 10, 2016
Incredible from Kerber. Two GS titles this year and now world number one. Who would've thought?— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) September 10, 2016
Kerber and Pliskova did tennis proud tonight. Well done both #USOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) September 10, 2016
Breathe Angie, breathe— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) September 10, 2016
Tremendous effort from World number #1 Kerber Baby to win @usopen and 2nd slam of the year= truly magical year— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) September 10, 2016
A year ago Kerber Baby was#11 in the world her name never came up as the who could be the next to step up=full credit to her determination— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) September 10, 2016