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Angelique Kerber Beats Serena Williams To Win Australian Open In Shock Victory

Williams was the favorite to win but lost to No. 7 seed Kerber in three sets.

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Angelique Kerber has upset Serena Williams in three sets to win the Australian Open title in a surprise victory.

The German tennis star defeated Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals at Melbourne Park.

Williams was the favorite to win the Australian Open, where she had won all six previous times she'd reached the final, and was trying to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

The 34-year-old Williams hadn't lost a set in the first six rounds here until dropping the first on Saturday night against No. 7 seed Kerber, who was playing in her first major final.

"To win is my dream come true tonight," Kerber told reporters after the match.

“My whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and can say I’m a Grand Slam champion – it’s crazy,” she said.

Magnanimous in defeat, the defending champion told Kerber she deserved the win. “Let me be the first to congratulate you – I’m so happy for you," Williams said. "You truly deserve it, so congratulations.”

Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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