Angelique Kerber dethrones Serena to lift maiden Australian Open title

, 5:14 PM IST
Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter - RTX24NSA

Melbourne: Angelique Kerber has shocked defending champion Serena Williams to claim her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday.

The German seventh seed claimed a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over world number one Serena in an enthralling summit clash that lasted two hours and eight minutes at Rod’s Laver Arena.

The 28-year-old power-hitting southpaw also denied Williams a chance to win a seventh Melbourne singles title, and to match German great Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slams record. (ANI)