Czech tennis star, Karolina Pliskova, the 24 year-old 10th seed failed to complete her strings of upsets at the US Open Saturday night, by bowing to Angelina Kerber, in three sets at the US Open final in New York.
Kerber, who won the Australian Grand Slam has now added the US Open and will be crowned world number one on Monday, when the new WTA rankings will be released.
Kerber was appearing in her third Grand Slam final of 2016, and the German played with the authority of a world number one in waiting.
She took the first set 6-3, but the Czech who had beaten Venus and Serena Williams on the way to the final, rallied in the second set. She broke Kerber once and kept on to the lead, closing the set 6-4.
Pliskova also broke Kerber in the third game of the final set, but Kerber clawed back to level 3-3 . She went on to take the lead on her own serve 4-3. Pliskova held and so did Kerber hold in the next two games, with scores at 5-4, in Kerber’s favour.
Pliskova serving next committed a string of unforced errors and handed over the match to the new Queen of women’s tennis. She is succeeding Serena Williams, who held the title for a record 186 weeks.
“All my dreams came true today and I’m just trying to enjoy the moment,” said Kerber.
“It’s incredible. I’m standing here with a second Grand Slam trophy and it means so much to me.”
“It’s always tough to play against her,” said Kerber. “I was trying to stay in the moment, be aggressive, I was just trying to enjoy the final. It’s an amazing stadium.
“It means a lot to me. When I was a kid, I was always dreaming to be the number one player in the world and to win Grand Slams, and today’s the day.”
Pliskova said: “I found out I can play my best tennis on the big stages. She proved she’s the world number one. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I found myself some power in the second set.”
Pliskova, 24, went into the final with a WTA Tour-leading 447 aces this year and on an 11-match winning streak that included victory over Kerber in last month’s Cincinnati final.
The Czech had never been past the third round of a major before this tournament.