Kerber battles past Pliskova to win US Open

first_imgBy Steve KeatingNEW YORK- (Reuters)-Germany’s Angelique Kerber began her reign as world number one in imperious style battling past a determined Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-4 to win the U.S. Open final yesterday and claim her second grand slam title of the year.Kerber, who officially takes over from Serena Williams as the world’s top ranked player on Monday, underlined her number one status displaying the heart of a champion as she fought off a fierce challenge from Czech 10th seed Pliskova on a steamy afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 28-year-old began the grand slam year beating Serena Williams to lift the Australian Open title and celebrated again on Saturday rallying from a break down in the third.Second seed Kerber fell onto her back when a wilting Pliskova hit a forehand into the net to end two hours and seven minutes of compelling high-quality tennis.“It’s just amazing,” a beaming Kerber told an adoring crowd. “I won my second grand slam in one year. That’s the best of my career.“Actually just incredible.“When I was a kid I was always dreaming to be the number one player in the world and win grand slams and today is the day I won my second grand slam here, especially in New York. I’m the number one player on Monday.“All the dreams came true this year.”Pliskova, who arrived at Flushing Meadows with the reputation of grand slam under-achiever having never before been beyond the third round of the major, shed that label by making it all the way to the final and taking on back-to-back world number ones.Pliskova served out to even the match, the first time the entire tournament that Kerber had dropped a set.Play remained tight in the third with an increasingly confident Pliskova getting the early break to go up 3-1.But Kerber, on her first break chance since the opening set, took quick advantage of her opportunity breaking back at 3-3.By now the towering Czech, beginning to wilt in the punishing conditions, bent over her racket at the end of every point.Kerber, sensing an opening, stepped up the pressure and pace getting triple break point at 5-4 and closed out the contest on the first match point.After beating top ranked Serena Williams in the semi-finals to end the American’s record-equalling 186 week stay at the top of the rankings, Pliskova faced her successor in the final.The match opened with Kerber breaking a jittery Pliskova and ended the same wayWith Kerber closing in on a straight-sets victory, Pliskova finally made a breakthrough sailing a reflex lob over the second seed that landed on the line to secure her first break in five chances and a 4-3 lead.last_img read more

COSAFA GIRLS: Uganda 20 Comoros 0

first_imgL-R Fauzia Najjemba, Shakira Nyinagahirwa, Juliet Nalukenge, and Margret Kunihira with their balls after scoring hat-tricks in the match against Comoros. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda U-17 Girls’ national team humiliated Comoros 20-0 in a one sided COSAFA U-17 Girls Championship Group A contest at the Anjalay Stadium, Mauritius on Tuesday.Skipper Juliet Nalukenge continued with her scoring spree at the tournament scoring seven goals today to take her tally to 15 and regain the lead in the top scorers’ race.Margaret Kunihira too was impressive on the day scoring five goals while Fauzia Najjemba and diminutive midfielder Shakira Nyinagahirwa added a double brace (four goals) and a hat-trick respectively.Right-back Gillian Akadinda also spared time to move forward and get onto the score sheet in a one-sided affair.Uganda led 14-0 by the half time break before the rest of the goals coming in the subsequent half.The victory meant Uganda ascended to the summit of group A on superior goal difference scoring a total of 32 goals in three games, eleven more than Zambia who also finished with seven points. Uganda XIDaphine Nyayenga (GK), Gilian Akadinda, Patricia Akiror, Stella Musubika, Bira Nadunga, Kevin Nakachwa, Margaret Kunihira, Samalie Nakachwa, Juliet Nalukenge, Fauzia Najjemba, Shakira NyinagahirwaSubstitutesJoan Namusisi (GK), Gift Nasasira (GK), Catherine Nagadya, Moureen Nangonzi, Precious Atwiine, Cissy Kabarwani, Hadijah Nandago, Zaitun Namaganda******SOURCE: FUFA MEDIAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more