"I was one leg on the plane to Germany,” said an emotional Kerber, referring to her first-round comeback against Japan’s Misaki Doi. “I take my chance to play against Serena. To win is my dream come true tonight.
“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,” Kerber added. “I was enjoying this two weeks so, so much, the best two weeks of my career. I had goosebumps when I was playing."
“I was actually really happy for her,” said Williams, the six-time former champion in Melbourne who was beaten in an Australian Open final for the first time in her career.
“She's been around a really long time. We've had a number of matches. I've beaten her a lot. She played so well today. She had an attitude that I think a lot of people can learn from – just to always stay positive and to never give up. I was really inspired by that.
They have played many times before, Serena having won many times and it's almost automatic thinking that Williams will come away the winner but not today.
But her way of loosing was one of a champion, she is an amazing sports women and an amazing inspiration to so many people her only final at the Australian Open that she has ended up losing in.
Serena will be back!!!!!!
– but the sailors praise the new boats