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This past weekend the U.S. Open came to a close as Angelique Kerber snagged her first trophy at the event. Kerber defeated Karolina Pliskova by winning the first and third sets of the match. Kerber began to work her way into the top tier in the women’s singles with her victory earlier this year at the Australian Open against Serena Williams. This win marks Keber’s 10th career title and her accession to the top of the Women’s Tennis Rankings, bumping Williams to number two. She also became the first German player since 1996 to win the U.S. Open.
Williams lost to Pliskova earlier in the competition. Prior to today, Williams had been ranked No. 1 for the past 186 weeks. It will be difficult for her to regain the spot due to the fact that she does not play fill schedules anymore, prioritizing the majors.
On the men’s side, Stan Wawrinka upset Novak Djokovic in the finals. The 31-year old, No. 3 seed didn’t let his age impact his play as he overwhelmed Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, with sheer power. Wawrinka became the oldest U.S. Open champ in almost 50 years. Both competitors met once before at the 2015 French Open, where the results were the same.