Williams vs. Kerber: Score, Highlights from Australian Open Women's Final 2016

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Williams vs. Kerber: Score, Highlights from Australian Open Women's Final 2016
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No. 7 Angelique Kerber def. No. 1 Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Angelique Kerber won her first Grand Slam title in three sets over No. 1 seed Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Saturday. 

The German, who faced a match point in the first round of the tournament, finished off her victory with her fifth break of Williams. Williams committed her 46th unforced error of the match at the net in the 10th game of the third set. 

Williams started the match in poor form as she committed 23 unforced errors in the first set and only converted on four of her 10 net approaches. The top player in the world displayed better skill in the second set as she won 6-3, but she couldn't slam the door shut on Kerber in the third set. 

Kerber's key break of the match came at 3-2 in the third set as she fought through the longest game of the match to break Williams for the fourth time.

Kerber opened the final game of the match with two points, but Williams was able to level it at 40-all. The No. 7 seed clinched the victory when Williams' return near the net went long.

The win moved Kerber up to No. 2 in the world and it marked the first time in nine Grand Slam finals in which Williams came out on the losing end.

Kerber became the first German since Steffi Graf in 1999 to win a women's Grand Slam championship. Williams remains one title behind Graf and three back of Margaret Court on the all-time list. 

 

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