Angelique Kerber leapfrogs Serena Williams as new World No. 1 after winning US Open
13:20, Monday, 12 September, 2016
For the first time since February 18, 2013, there is a new name at the top of the WTA rankings. Angelique Kerber completed a dream fortnight in New York by claiming the duel prize of the US Open title and the No. 1 ranking, perhaps ushering in a new era of women’s tennis.
Last year Angelique Kerber didn’t make it past the third round of a grand slam and ended the year ranked 10 in the world. Now, over the first nine months of 2016, Kerber has won two major singles titles at the Australian and US Opens, finished runner-up at Wimbledon, won an Olympic silver medal and to cap it all, risen to the pinnacle of the sport, becoming the World No. 1. What an unbelievable journey.
Kerber is the 23rd woman since computer records were introduced to ascend to the No. 1 ranking and just the second German after her idol Steffi Graf. The 28-year-old is the oldest woman to debut at the top of the rankings in history, with a then 25-year-old Jennifer Capriati previously holding the record in October, 2001. Kerber ended the record-equalling three-year reign of Serena Williams, who tied Graf at 186 consecutive weeks for holding the No. 1 ranking.