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Kerber claims Australian Open title with astounding win over Serena

Germany’s Angelique Kerber stunned world number one Serena Williams in three sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Kerber, seeded seventh, won a thrilling final 6-4 3-6 6-4 at Melbourne Park.

The 28-year-old is the first German to win a major singles title since Steffi Graf at the 1999 French Open.

The 34-year-old Williams was beaten for just the fifth time in 26 Grand Slam finals, and the American missed the chance to tie Graf’s open-era record of 22 titles.

Kerber had won just one of six previous matches against Williams and was making her Grand Slam final debut, but she was the better player over two hours and eight minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

The German said afterwards that being able to say she was a Grand Slam champion “sounds crazy”.

“It’s my dream come. I worked for this my whole life,” said the German.

“It’s been such an up and down two weeks, I was match point down in the first round and had one foot in the plane to Germany.

“Now I have beaten Serena and won the championship. I have so many emotions, so many thoughts, but all of them good ones.”

Williams was gracious in defeat, telling Kerber: “Angie, congratulations. You deserve this and I’m so happy for you. I really hope you enjoy this moment.”

The runner-up added: “Would I give my performance an A? No, but this is all I could produce.

“I’m not a robot. I do the best that I can. I try to win every point but realistically I can’t. Maybe someone else can.”

Kerber, who saved a match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi, will move up to number two in the world rankings.

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