German wants Williams’ reign kicked to the Kerber

Kerber flies the German flag in Melbourne yesterday.
Kerber flies the German flag in Melbourne yesterday.

The good news for Angelique Kerber is she is in her first grand slam final. The bad news is she is playing Serena Williams.

The odds are stacked against the world No.7 German.

Williams, the world No.1 and defending Australian Open champion, will today be out to claim a seventh title at Melbourne Park.

Another Williams win will put her level with another German, Steffi Graf on 22 grand slams, just two behind Australia's own Margaret Court, who owns the record with victories at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Williams, who beat Graf to claim her first ever WTA title as a 17-year-old at Indian Wells in 1999, said she had learned from her defeat to another underdog, Flavia Pennetta in last year's US Open final.

"Everyone has expectations," Williams, who has not lost a set in this tournament, said of the pressure on her.

"I'm the favourite.

"I was the favourite in New York. I feel like I could have done better in New York. But that was a learning experience.

"So I'm going to hopefully take that to the court for not only this tournament but for the rest of these slams."

Kerber and Williams have met six times with the American holding a 5-1 win record.

The German's only success was at the Cincinnati Masters in 2012, when she won 6-4 6-4 and that performance has stuck in Williams' mind.



"I thought she played unbelievable in that match," she said.

"That's something that I'll never forget. I just remember her serving really well, her moving well, her being determined to win that.

"I think from then on out I've been really focused that she's someone that I really, you know, and everyone, has to take very serious."

Kerber, who received a text message of support from Graf ahead of today's final, said she had to be ready to step up to the plate against the best player in the world.

"I saw the match against Aga (Radwanska) yesterday," she said.

"She will go out there to win her next grand slam. I must be ready to take the challenge to play against the best player right now.

"She's the world No. 1. She's the champion. She won everything.

"I have actually nothing to lose. But still I will go out there to try to challenge her, playing good tennis.

"I know that I won against her once, so I can beat her. But I must play my best I can play."

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