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Australian open 2016 Women's Final - Kerber steals the show, wins heart and trophy

January 31, 2016

It was Kerber who won the match. No one had believed I am sure... while I was watching the game - I felt Serena will finally pull off... but the tenacity of the German Lady and her never-say-die attitude finally helped her clinch the title.

What we learned from the game?

Okay, first the final was awesome to watch - it was a very hard fought battle in which fortunes kept turning one side to the other... you really enjoy such balanced games rather than a boring one sided affair - in which one routs the other in straight sets...

Having said that, there was much to learn from this gruesome battle between two of the finest players... let me start with Serena first...

Well Serena has won so many grand slams and it's so easy on her part to be a little contented and relaxed sometime and thereby allowing the opponent to register an easy win; but  that's never the case with Serena... see carries herself in the court in a way that she CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT in the wildest wildest wildest of her dreams think of anything less than a victory. A defeat is simply no option for Serena... so at times when she loses the points she goes through an emotional turmoil and agony inside her - that's so very apparent for everyone to see... and it seems she will almost break down emotionally now... but she brings back her composure and again starts fighting with increased intensity... it's so rare to find a fighter like Serena, especially when she has already won so many grand slams... it seems she comes to the court with a vengeance - doesn't matter who the opponent is... it seems it's a matter of life and death in the literal sense - to her... it's fighting spirit in the most extreme form that you can ever experience in players... My hats off to Serena's fighting spirit. And it's because of this insatiable hunger she possesses - it's this quality of hers that has enabled her to bag so many titles... Its the best attitude a player can have - it's an attitude to win and settle for no less....

When the desire to win is so burning, one ends up winning in most of the occasions...

However this wasn't to be the case in the Women's Australian open final... the script had a twist. Even though Serena Williams was successful in clawing back in to the games many a times, after having gone down by quite a noteworthy margin... Kerber managed to garner inspiration from somewhere to keep the pressure on by just the right amount to unsettle her opponent. Again and again she kept hitting those magical shots, some unexpected drop shots where the ball just loops in lazily infront of the net - catching Serena by surprise, and she successfully hit some good passing shots as well and the whole package proved to hot to handle by Serena finally. Serana was always playing catch up game after trailing at crucial stages and finally she failed to catch up...

Kerber had a conviction in her body language that she could do it ... she was not intimidated by Serena by no means.. she was simply focussing on her game and attempting to take it to higher and higher levels... and finally that paid off...

In the deciding set when Kerber was leading by 2-0  and finally Serena plugged that gap and the score became 2-2, it seemed Serena would now be successful in getting her nose in front... but that was not the case to be... Credit has to be given to Kerber... because at this stage of the game she could have easily lost her hope, particularly when Serena was playing very hard and accurate tennis. However Kerber didn't break down and kept her focus and finally succeeded in creating a lead once more. What is noteworthy is also Kerber's tenacity in not willing to lose a point easily, she would simply make sure to return a ball no matter how much she had to run or stretch... and while Serena would have fancied a point she would be surprised to see the ball come back to her... 

Serena finally succumbed to the extreme pressure her opponent created and maintained.

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I think I got another chance and I took my chance to be here in the finals to play against Serena. My dream came true tonight. My whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion, so it sounds really crazy and unbelievable.”

As well as landing her maiden Major, Kerber will also now move up to second place, behind only Williams, in the world rankings. She had won just one her previous six meetings with Williams, back in 2012, but she could not have wished for a better start to the biggest match of her life. Unlike so many first-time Grand Slam finalists, Kerber settled immediately, playing remarkably steadily and breaking Williams in her first service game.



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