Flushing Meadows, NY ~ Angelique Kerber’s very steady game has earned her the first US Open title of her career making her the first German to win the title since Graf won the last of her five US Open crowns in 1996.
Kerber, who will become the new WTA World No.1 when updated rankings are released on Monday, defeated Karolina Pliskova, the 24-year old No. 11 Czech player 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
The 28-year-old becomes the second German woman to achieve this historic milestone since computer rankings were introduced in 1975, and the first since Stefanie Graf spent the last of her record 377 weeks at No.1 in March 1997. She is also the oldest player to make her debut at No.1, a record previously held by Jennifer Capriati, who was 25 years, 200 days when she reached No.1 in October 2001
Kerber’s rise to WTA World No.1 brings to an end the reign of Serena Williams, whose sixth stint in the top spot began more than three years ago, on February 18, 2013. At 186 consecutive weeks, the American’s most recent stay at No.1 ties the Open Era record for most consecutive weeks at No.1 held by Graf. This is the 88th time the No.1 ranking has changed hands over the past four decades.
Runner-up Pliskova became the fourth Czech-born player to advance to the US Open final, after Hana Mandlikova, Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova.