Kerber celebrates number one by reaching U.S. Open final

Fri Sep 9, 2016 12:29am EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reaching top of the world seems to agree with Angelique Kerber, who celebrated her ascension to the number one ranking with a 6-4 6-3 win over Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to advance to Saturday's U.S. Open final.

The German left-hander was assured of becoming number one when the new rankings come out on Monday after top-seeded American Serena Williams was defeated by Czech 10th seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2 7-6(5) in the earlier semi-final.

Australian Open champion Kerber, who leads the WTA for most main draw match wins this season at 53-14, clinched victory with a backhand that actually landed just beyond the baseline but went unchallenged by former number one Wozniacki of Denmark.

"It's just incredible. It's a great day," Kerber said on court. "To be here in the final for the first time, that means a lot. To be number one in the world, it sounds amazing."

Kerber will become the second German to top the women's rankings, following Steffi Graf.

"For me, it’s just amazing to be after Steffi the next number one player in Germany," said Kerber, who at 28 will become the oldest player to reach number one.

"Steffi is a great champion, she's a great person. I think she’s proud of me to be the next one after her."

Wozniacki, who has slipped to 74th in the rankings coming back from injuries, saluted Kerber.   Continued...

 
Sept 8, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Angelique Kerber of Germany plays against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on day eleven of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports