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Germany's Kerber is new world number one

Kerber will become the second German and the oldest player to reach number one. In photo: Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates after defeating Caroline Wozniacki on September 8, 2016. Photograph: (Getty)

WION New York, United States Sep 09, 2016, 04.53 PM (IST)
US open finalist Angelique Kerber will become the world number one next week after top seed Serena Williams lost 6-2, 7-6(5) to Karolina Pliskova yesterday.

Kerber beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 yesterday to advance to Saturday's US Open final. The new rankings willl be released next week.

"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 after Steffi Graf, and 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," Kerber said.

"Obviously, she's had a great year," said Wozniacki, ranked 74th. "She gets a lot of balls back. She knows how to change the pace. She gets good angles."

The German left-hander will face Karolina Pliskova in the final.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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