Angelique Kerber, though the No. 2 seed, played second fiddle to Serena Williams, who was coming off a Wimbledon title and was chasing her record 23rd Grand Slam title at this year’s Open.
It’s hard to imagine having a better two weeks than Angelique Kerber. In a fortnight’s time – really, in the course of three days – she assured herself of rising to No. 1 in the world for the first time, achieving a lifelong dream, then trumped that by completing a run to the US Open women’s singles title.
In a final replete with more drama than a telenovela, Kerber bounced back from a break down in the final set to complete a title victory over Karolina Pliskova, collapsing to the court following match point following the Czech’s final errant forehand.
When the German rose, her hands still covering her mouth in shock, she was indeed the champion – a two-time Grand Slam winner in 2016 alone, set to rise to the top of the women’s rankings when they are released on Monday.
It was a fitting end to a Grand Slam season that saw Kerber establish herself, truly, as the best player in the world: the Australian Open winner, the Wimbledon finalist, even an Olympic silver medalist.
She dropped only one set en route to this year’s Open title, the second stanza in the final against Pliskova, and dismissed two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former US Open finalists Caroline Wozniacki and Roberta Vinci along the way.
On-court afterward, she said the full two weeks were a dream come true. It was also a deserving coda for a 28-year-old who discovered her best tennis on the sport’s grandest stage.