Angelique Kerber was lauded across the globe after her stunning win over Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.

The German seventh seed remarkably clinched her maiden grand slam with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over Williams at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Kerber, in her first major final, secured victory in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

The plaudits came from a variety of sports starts after she became the first German since Steffi Graf in 1999 to win a slam.

"I said before the match Kerber would have to play the match of her life to win - she did. Wow - congrats! And Serena - what a gracious champion!" – Martina Navratilova, an 18-time grand slam champion.

"What a match! Great fight and emotions from both women. Serena very classy after the match. Congrats on grand slam nr 1 @AngeliqueKerber" – four-time major winner Kim Clijsters.

"Best final ever @AustralianOpen! @AngeliqueKerber is my favourite tennis player from now on :) omgggg" – Australian rising star Daria Gavrilova.

"Wow Angelique Kerber … For so long a top tenner yet 'under the radar'… but no longer!" – one-time Australian Open semi-finalist and sports administrator Paul McNamee.

"Fantastic gesture after match point and such kind words = a great champion, @serenawilliams! #AusOpen" – Germany captain and Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"Congratulations @AngeliqueKerber … Sensational … Cherish the moment and enjoy the celebrations." – former Germany international Dietmar Hamann.