New No. 1 Kerber eyes revenge against Pliskova in final

Fri Sep 9, 2016 5:22pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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.

The 28-year-old German goes for her second grand slam title of the year against 10th-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, who hopes to ride her huge service game to a maiden major in the Arthur Ashe Stadium showdown.

Last month, Pliskova denied Kerber from claiming the top rankings spot by beating her in the Cincinnati final, and at the trophy ceremony the tall Czech said, "Maybe next time," as a tepid consolation to the German.

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

"I remember the Cincinnati final. I was actually really tired because I came from Rio and I had a lot of tough matches there," Australian Open winner Kerber, who claimed silver at the Rio Olympics, told reporters.

"(Here) I can really prepare for the final against Pliskova. I know how she is playing. I know she has a big serve.

"I think I will go out there trying to get my next chance against her and take the revenge."

Pliskova paved the way for Kerber's ascent, which will become official in Monday's new rankings list, by defeating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semi-finals to clinch number one for the German.   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. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports