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Kerber on top of the world with US Open triumph

In January, she not only advanced to the Australian Open title match but beat Serena Williams there.

Angelique Kerber, who fulfilled a dream by completing her rise to the rank of world number one in women's tennis, now has a chance to satisfy a more basic urge - revenge - in the U.S. Open final on Saturday.

Kerber recovered from a break down in the third set, pouncing on her wilting opponent with two breaks in the third set to end a compelling, high-quality battle of attrition that stretched for two hours and seven minutes.

"I know it will be mentally also very tough for me because she knows that she won against me a few weeks ago".

Kerber fell to the court on a first match point when Pliskova's forehand - which was inconsistent throughout - sailed both wide and long.

It was a bad beat, as a sluggish Kerber had no answers for Pliskova's power game, and the Czech controlled the match from start to finish to cruise to a 6-3, 6-1 win. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.theeagleonline.com.ng as the source. "I think if she had played any less, then maybe I would have had a chance".

Her close friend Wozniacki, who has been number one but has never won a major, was less reluctant to discuss the situation.

Kerber is into her third major final of the year after dispatching Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets at the U.S. Open. I'm going to do whatever it takes to win. "So it's something really special for me".

A two-time runner-up at Flushing Meadows, she arrived at this year's tournament at No. 74 in the world after missing 2 ½ months because of an ankle injury.

"It all started for me here in NY five years ago when I reached the semi-finals and now I am here with the trophy", she added.

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The "next time" has arrived, with a grand slam crown now at stake.

The second-seeded German southpaw faces the 10th-seeded Serena slayer, Karolina Pliskova, in Saturday's finals - an event that probably won't move ESPN's ratings needle with Williams gone.

"Obviously, the match with Venus helped me. not only with the game, but also with the crowd", Pliskova said.

Williams, who practices every day, and noted that she had no problem with daily tournament play, adamently stated that the two matches within two days had nothing to do with her loss.

"Serena, she's a champion so it's never easy to play her".

Her powerful groundstrokes had Kerber on the run at times, but her 47 unforced errors were, finally, too much to overcome despite her 40 winners. Suddenly up 4-3 in the set, Pliskova turned to her coach up in the stands and yelled, pumping her fists. She knows how to change the pace.

"If someone is not ready, and she doesn't think she is ready", Pliskova said, "she should not go on the court".

The No. 3 seed Wawrinka has come back after dropping the opening set of his semifinal against No. 6 Kei Nishikori 6-4 on Friday night, taking the next two 7-5, 6-4 by breaking in the last game of each of those sets. "She has a big serve". "For me it's really important to go on my own way".

"I'm growing and I'm not putting the pressure on my shoulders if something like this happens", she said. But Monfils came back to take the third set 6-3, and Djokovic got treatment on his shoulder during a couple of changeovers. "She's playing really well". Moments later, the German trailed 3-1. There was no way, she said, that would she talk about the rankings.

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