Angelique Kerber beats Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to lift US Open title: As it happened

Angelique Kerber picked up her second Grand Slam trophy of the year by lifting the US Open title at Flushing Meadows.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 12, 2016 1:09 am
Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in three sets to lift the US Open title. (Source: USA Today)

On Thursday Angelique Kerber became the second German player to rise to the top of the World rankings after dethroning Serena Williams. And on Saturday she proved why she is compared to the said German player – Steffi Graf – as she lifted her game and eventually the US Open trophy.

Playing Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in the final, Kerber had her moments of rise and fall but in the end, when it all mattered, she raised her level to come back from a break down to win the contest 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. This is her second Grand Slam trophy of the year having already won the Australian Open. She also reached the final of Wimbledon but came out second best then.

 

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Pliskova sends the forehand wide and Kerber wins the US Open!

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UNREAL! Pliskova with an odd miss brings up three Championship points!

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Pliskova with an error on the backhand and it is 0-30

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Pliskova comes to the net and it is straight to Kerber who sends it back for a winner. 0-15

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Kerber holds to go up 5-4. Pliskova will serve to stay in the Championship!

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Pliskova holds serve with a forehand winner. 4-4!

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Nicely done by Pliskova. Keeping the pressure on Kerber’s backhand before putting away a loopy ball at the net

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Pliskova going for a bit too much – twice now on game point. Deuce

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Kerber holds serve as crowd cheers! She was 0-30 down and now leads 4-3 in the decider

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Kerber with a gorgeous forehand winner down the line to bring up game point from 0-30 down

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Pliskova sends her backhand wide and Kerber breaks back! 3-3 in the third set

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Pliskova with an error and that gives Kerber an eye in. Break point

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Kerber holds with an ace of her own. Trails 3-2 in the deciding set

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Pliskova with a confident service game to hold with an ace! She leads 3-1

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Kerber with a slow second serve and Pliskova jumps on it. German can’t control the return to BREAK! 2-1

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Pliskova hits the line and Kerber can’t send it back. Another break chance

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Kerber saves the break chance with an 85mph serve out wide!

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Kerber sends forehand long and Pliskova has a break chance

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Easy hold for Kerber to open the deciding set. 1-0

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Kerber on the run sends her forehand long and Pliskova wins the second set 6-4. Into the decider!

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Ace out wide at 99mph brings up set point for Pliskova

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Kerber gets in a bit of bother despite leading 40-0 but holds serve. Pliskova up 5-4

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Pliskova clenches her fist as Kerber’s shot lands out. Holds serve to go up 5-3

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PLISKOVA BREAKS! Kerber sends shot straight into the Czech’s hands and she lobs it back in

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Kerber forced into an error and Pliskova holds serve to maintain parity at 3-3 in the second

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Kerber gets out of jail to hold serve. Pliskova has had four break chances and not converted any

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Pliskova has a break point and its once again squandered. Pliskova’s forehand is into the net

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Level at 1-1 in the second set. Pliskova holds serve after putting herself in a cage

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Key numbers:

Unforced errors
Pliskova 17-3 Kerber

Winners
Pliskova 15-8 Kerber

Break points
Pliskova 0/3-2/3 Kerber

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Double fault by Pliskova gives Kerber a set point and the German capitalises with a winner down the line. Wins first set 6-3

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Kerber with a calm and confident hold and she’s up 5-3 in the first set

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Pliskova holds serve with a smash put away. Kerber still a break up to lead 4-3

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Kerber steps into the court and takes the ball on the rise to hold serve and make it 4-2

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Pliskova squanders 40-15 advantage momentarily before holding serve with an ace. Kerber up 3-2

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Positive return game by Pliskova but can’t make most of two break chances. Kerber holds to lead 3-1

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Now Kerber with an error to bring another break point. Saved with a serve out wide which Pliskova can’t return

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Pliskova stepping up and taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Moving into the court and hitting two straight winners to bring up another break point. But Kerber saves it as the Czech sends it into the net

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Pliskova is on the board with an ace and a much better service game. Kerber leads 2-1

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Kerber holds serve after saving a break point to consolidate the break. 2-0 in the first set

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Pliskova breaks string mid-point and sends forehand wide. Kerber breaks to lead 1-0

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Pliskova saves one with an ace. 30-40

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WOW! Pliskova does everything right in the point but for the volley which she sends wide. Two break points

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Pliskova opens play with her big, booming serve

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The players are on court warming up

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HEAD TO HEAD
Kerber 4-3 Pliskova

CAREER TITLES
Kerber 4-3 Pliskova

Last match: Pliskova def Kerber in Cincinnati in straight sets