The Latest: Kerber likely to move up to No. 2 on WTA tour

BY foxsports • January 30, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):

11:30 p.m.

Angelique Kerber's upset victory over Serena Williams in the Australian Open final on Saturday is expected to see her move from sixth to second on the WTA Tour rankings.

Although they won't be official until Monday, the projected rankings show Williams in first, Kerber in second and Simona Halep, the former No. 2 who lost in the first round at Melbourne Park, drop to third.

Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost to Williams in the semifinals, remains in fourth, while Garbine Muguruza drops to fifth from third. No. 5 Maria Sharapova, the 2015 finalist who lost to Williams in the quarterfinals this year, moves to sixth, followed by Flavia Pennetta, Carla Suarez Navarro, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova.

Safarova did not play in Melbourne due to a bacterial infection.


9:50 p.m.

Angelique Kerber has upset Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open title, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals at Melbourne Park.

Williams was an overwhelming favorite at 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.

For the second time in as many majors, though, she fell short. Williams won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2015 before losing to Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals.

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-seeded Kerber, who was playing in her first major final.


8:55 p.m.

Serena Williams has won the second set of the Australian Open women's singles final 6-3 to level her match against Angelique Kerber at one set each.

Kerber won the first set 6-4.

Williams is after her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, which would tie her with Steffi Graf for most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court is the overall leader with 24.

Williams has won the Australian title six times and has never lost a championship match at Melbourne Park.


8:20 p.m.

Angelique Kerber has won the first set 6-4 over Serena Williams in the Australian Open women's final.

Williams opened by holding her serve at love, but Kerber held and then broke to take a 2-1 lead.

Kerber broke Williams' serve again in the seventh game, thanks in part to two long forehands which were among 23 unforced errors by Williams in the first set.

The No.7-seeded Kerber clinched the set on serve when Williams' backhand hit the net and dropped on her side of the court.

Williams has won the Australian title all previous times she has reached the final at Melbourne Park.


7:15 p.m.

Novak Djokovic provided a nice touch on Saturday shortly after Australian Dylan Alcott won the quad wheelchair singles final over David Wagner of the United States.

After Alcott collected his trophy following his 6-2, 6-2 win over Wagner, Djokovic stopped his practice session on Rod Laver Arena to pose with Alcott on two occasions, putting his arm around Alcott and smiling for the cameras.

Djokovic will play Andy Murray in the men's singles final on Sunday. Djokovic has won all five singles finals he's contested, including three wins over Murray.


5:30 p.m.

Australian wildcard entry Oliver Anderson has won the boys singles title with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over No. 7-seeded Jurabek Karimov of Uzbekistan.

The 17-year-old Anderson was the fifth Australian in the last decade to win the junior title, joining the likes of Nick Kyrgios (2013) and Bernard Tomic (2008) as champion.


4:45 p.m.

Vera Lapko has followed in Victoria Azarenka's footsteps by becoming just the second Belarusian to capture the girls' singles trophy at the Australian Open.

The 17-year-old Lapko upset defending champion and No. 2-seeded Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4.

Azarenka was the last Belarusian to capture the title back in 2005.

Lapko has risen up the junior rankings to No. 12 after reaching the semifinals of the girls event at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2015.

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