Angelique Kerber’s win over Serena Williams in Saturday’s Australian Open final was bound to get the emotions flowing, and that it did.
The first German to win a Grand Slam this century, Kerber took to the microphone after her win for the customary victory speech, checking off all the right boxes — thanking sponsors and the tournament director, complimenting Serena, giving love to the fans, and acknowledging the support of her family and team.
"When I played here in the first round, I was match point down, so I was actually with one leg in the plane to Germany," she said, fighting back tears all the way. "And now I’m here. I think I get a second chance. … I’m really honored to be here in this final and to win it. I mean, my dream come true tonight. This night.
"My whole life I was working really hard, and now I’m here and I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion, so it sounds really crazy and unbelievable."
She also called Serena an "inspiration" and an "unbelievable, great person."