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World number one, Angelique Kerber has won the 2016 U.S. Open with a thrilling victory over Karolina Pliskova in the women’s final.

Kerber, 28, appearing in her third Grand Slam final in 2016 won 6 – 3, 4 – 6, 6 – 4 in New York to add the U.S. Open to her victory at the Australian Open in January.

New rankings will be released on Monday, but the German-born Keber was already projected to be World Number One following Serena Williams’ exit from the U.S. Open in the semifinal after she lost to Pliskova.

Angelique Kerber is the first German to win the U.S. Open since Steffi Graf in 1996 and her ascent to the top of the rankings is the result of a spectacular year.

She began 2016 ranked 10th in the world after failing to get past the third round of any of the Grand Slams in 2015, but Saturday saw her claim a Tour-best 54th win of 2016.

In the men singles, World Number one, Novak Djokovic will meet 3rd seed, Stan Wawrinka.

Wawrinka defeated Kei Nishikori 4 – 6, 7 – 5, 6 – 4, 6 – 2 in semi-final while Djokovic saw off Gaël Monfils to reach his seventh U.S. Open final.

Djokovic and Wawrinka met on Sunday for the seventh time in a Grand Slam setting.

Novak Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam titles including two U.S. Open titles while Wawrinka has only two titles with no U.S. Open title.

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