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Angelique Kerber Beats Serena Williams To Win Australian Open In Shock Victory

Williams was the favorite to win but lost to No. 7 seed Kerber in three sets.

Last updated on January 30, 2016, at 9:24 a.m. ET

Posted on January 30, 2016, at 6:08 a.m. ET

Angelique Kerber has upset Serena Williams in three sets to win the Australian Open title in a surprise victory.

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The German tennis star defeated Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals at Melbourne Park.

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Williams was the favorite to win 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.

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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 seed Kerber, who was playing in her first major final.

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"To win is my dream come true tonight," Kerber told reporters after the match.

β€œMy whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and can say I’m a Grand Slam champion – it’s crazy,” she said.

Magnanimous in defeat, the defending champion told Kerber she deserved the win. β€œLet me be the first to congratulate you – I’m so happy for you," Williams said. "You truly deserve it, so congratulations.”