September 10, 2016 The German tennis star has clinched her second Grand Slam trophy, beating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the US Open. She replaces Serena Williams of the US as the world's No. 1 female tennis player.
The 28-year-old from Bremen claimed the opening set, grabbing an early lead with only three unforced errors in the opener.
"It's just amazing. I won my second Grand Slam of the year and it's the best year of my career. For me, everything started here in 2011 and here, five years later I'm standing with the trophy," she said.
"First of all, congrats to Karolina. You had an amazing two weeks. You have an amazing future. I think we showed an amazing final," she added. "All the dreams came true this year."
Kerber's victory marks her first US Open title and second Grand Slam trophy of her breakthrough season. She is the first German woman to win the US Open since Steffi Graf in 1996.
She won her first major in January at the Australian Open.
Kerber replaces American powerhouse Serena Williams, who held the top position in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) for three-and-a-half years with a 210-21 record.
Kerber collects $3.5 million for the win and moves to 54-14 on the 2016 season, a year that has been better for her than anyone else on tour as she ascends to No. 1 at 28, the oldest player to ever do so for the first time.