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