US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Kerber edges Pliskova to win her second Grand Slam

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US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Kerber edges Pliskova to win her second Grand Slam

Tennis- New World No.1 Angelique Kerber won her second Grand Slam of the year and the career as she defeated the 10th seed Karolina Pliskova in 3 sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the 2016 US Open Women's singles event.

Australian Open champion, Wimbledon finalist Kerber had become World No.1 after Serena Williams' loss in the semifinal but she has looking to put icing on the cake with the second Grand Slam win. She led her opponent Pliskova 4-3 in the head to head record. On the other hand Pliskova was in form of her life as she had won Cincinnati title just before US Open, where she had beaten Kerber in final in straight sets. She had beaten 22-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the semifinal. Having served 446 aces in the season, Pliskova started the match with a double fault. She was broken Kerber in the first game.

Kerber saved all three break points she faced in the first set and broke Pliskova in the ninth game too, which gave her the first set 6-3. In the second set Pliskova fought back as she did not face a break point in the whole set and won 17 out of 19 points on her first serve.

A break in the seventh game was enough to give Pliskova the second set 6-4 and she pushed the final into the deciding set. Pliskova got a break in the third game of the third set to go 2-1 up and then held her serve to go 3-1 up. She was only 3 games away from winning her first Grand Slam title but Kerber broke back in the sixth game to make it 3-3.

They were on serve at 4-4 and then Kerber won her service game at 0 to make Pliskova serve to stay in the match. Kerber was racing towards victory as she won three points to go 0-40 up and had 3 championship points. Pliskova made an unforced error as Kerber won the title and became the first German in 20 years, to win the US Open title.

Last one to do it was Steffi Graf in 1996. Also Read: US OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES- Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova in semifinal