It was a second grand slam title of the year for Angelique Kerber, as the new world number one overcame a tough test against tenth seed Karolina Pliskova to win her first US Open title.
Czech Pliskova overcame both Williams sisters on her way to the final but she could not follow-up her impressive semi-final victory against Serena Williams, as Kerber scored a hard-fought 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory to claim her second major title.
24-year-old Pliskova came into the final on a 11-match winning streak but it was Kerber who started off the stronger of the pair grabbing an early break for a 2-0 lead before clinching the first 6-3 as she smashed a forehand down the line.
The tenth seed made 17 unforced errors in the opening set but came out much improved in the second hitting 17 winners and after spurning four earlier break points, she finally broke the German with an impressive lob to force the match into a deciding set.
It was the first set that Kerber dropped at Flushing Meadows and she made a shaky start to the third set with a forehand error handing Pliskova her second break point and a 3-1 lead.
However, Kerber broke straight back to claw back to 3-3 and bagged another at 5-4 as Pliskova sent a forehand wide on championship point to become the first German since Steffi Graf in 1996 to win the US Open.
The victory caps off an amazing year for Kerber who adds the US Open title to year Australian Open success back in January, as she also reached the Wimbledon and Olympic finals and will be confirmed as the new world number one on Monday.
The German will also pocket $3.5m in prize money for the victory and she said she always dreamed of this moment and described it the best year of her career after winning her first two grand slam titles in 2016.
“It’s just amazing. I won my second Grand Slam in one year. It’s the best year in my career,” said the 28-year-old.
“It means a lot to me. When I was a kid I was always dreaming to one day be the number one player in the world, to win Grand Slams. And today is the day. All the dreams came true this year.”
The US Open will conclude with the men’s final on Sunday as Novak Djokovic looks t become the first man to retain the US Open title since Roger Federer in 2008 when he faces third seed Stan Wawrinka.