Germany’s Angelique Kerber won her first ever US Open title after a thrilling 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over big-serving Czech, Karolina Pliskova.
Success in New York continued Kerber’s remarkable year, during which she also won the Australian Open, and got the the finals of the Olympic Games and Wimbledon.
That stunning run has lifted the German to the number one player in the world, a position that will be confirmed on Monday when the rankings are updated.
Indeed, she was already assured of a place on top of the world rankings regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s final, but she ensured that it would be double celebrations for the Kerber camp with victory over the battling Pliskova.
Pliskova went into her first major final on the back of an 11-match winning streak, during which she outclassed Kerber in the Cincinnati final, and dumped out both Williams sisters in her US Open run.
She however made a nervous start to the biggest match of her young career, throwing in a double fault and a poor volley to drop her opening service game.
Kerber’s serve is no where near Pliskova’s mighty deliveries, but the German protected her offerings with typical baseline tenacity, engineering another break late on to take the opening set.
Pliskova came roaring back in the second set, as her huge groundstrokes began to find their marks more regularly, and she eventually broke Kerber’s resistance, sealing the set 6-4.
The tall Czech carried the momentum into the final set, and when she broke for a 2-1 lead, a stunning victory was well on the cards, but the dogged Kerber would not let her get away, fighting back to even things up, before capturing her opponent’s serve in what would be the final game of the match to complete a quite outstanding tournament.