Kerber upsets Serena to win the Australian Open
In her first round match at the Australian Open, Angelique Kerber was within one point of departing the tournament.
One point. In the first round.
Fast forward to last night, and oh BTW, she now joins Steffi Graf as the only German woman to win a Slam in the Open era, defeating overwhelming favorite Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam title. For Williams, this is the second consecutive Slam she has faltered- who can forget her memorable loss last September to Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semis.
An interesting point if you’re into the sponsorship angle; it’s long been held that Nike has a clause in player deals that prohibits third party sponsor patches. That’s why you’ve never seen a patch on Federer, Serena, Nadal, Agassi, Sampras, etc. Li Na has been the sole exception. For Kerber, though- Porsche seems to dominate her attire, even more so than supplier adidas. Getting worldwide coverage for their brand is why sponsors pay the huge dollars, after all.
“My whole life I am working really hard, and now I am here and call myself a Grand Slam champion.” -Angelique Kerber
“I try to win every single time I step out there, every single point, but realistically I can’t do it. Maybe someone else can, but I wasn’t able to do it.” -Serena Williams
(Quotes from ESPN.com.)