Serena Williams said she’s happy for Angelique Kerber’s Australian Open 2016 win and plans on comeback next season. Williams’ victory would have been a huge milestone for the 34-year old tennis sensation, as it would have tied her achievements with Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major titles, ABC reports.
Many observers believe that William’s desire to match Graf’s record got to her and affected her performance. However, the American denied that she was thinking about equalling the milestone set by Graf.
Williams admitted that she had difficulty dealing with Kerber’s left-handed spin that led to several tactical mistakes. Post-game analysis revealed that Williams committed 46 unforced errors in contrast to Kerber’s 13.
Twenty three of those unforced errors came at the opening set, which experts described as uncharacteristic of Williams.
“She kept hitting some great shots actually every time I came in,” Williams said at her post-match press conference. “I think I kept picking the wrong shots coming into it.”
She also said that she can’t win all the time and will learn from the loss.
In what many people describe as a stunning upset in the history of tennis, world #1 Williams lost to Kerber of Germany at the final match of the Australian Open 2016 Women’s Singles. Heavily touted to win the title, Williams was the defending champion coming in to the game at Australian Open 2016. She also won all six of her previous finals at the Australian Open.
Kerber was in great form and dominated Williams in the first and third sets, 6-4 3-6 6-4. According to the Herald Sun, the 2016 Australian Open was Kerber’s first major final. The German, who ranked #6 in the world, said the victory was a “dream come true.”
“My whole life I was working really hard but now I am here and I can say I am a grand slam champion and it sounds really crazy.”