New Delhi: Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams to win the Australian Open on Saturday and thwart the American top seed`s bid to equal Steffi Graf`s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.
The seventh seed toppled the 34-year-old 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win her maiden major title and become the first German Grand Slam champion since Graf at the 1999 French Open.
Men's World No. 1 Novak Djokovic who will face Andy Murray for the Australian Open title on Sunday said that it was great sportsmanship by both players. He also congratulated Angelique Kerber for her first Grand Slam win.
Present and former players from the tennis fraternity also lauded Kerber for her sensational victory.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 30, 2016
Congratulations @AngeliqueKerber. So proud of you. Enjoy this moment. You deserve this!!!
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) January 30, 2016
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 30, 2016
Congratulations @AngeliqueKerber! So happy for you. Enjoy every second, you earned it
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 30, 2016
What a match! Great fight and emotions from both women. Serena very classy after the match . Congrats on grand slam nr 1 @AngeliqueKerber
— Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) January 30, 2016