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Who will end the year as World No. 1: Kerber or Williams?

Written by Liz Charre, President

It has been a roller coaster ride in women’s tennis this year. Rankings have dropped and risen for so many players but the woman that has grabbed the most attention this year is World No. 2 Angelique Kerber.

Kerber has had an extraordinary start of the year winning her first ever grand slam trophy. She was able to pull the upset and beat World No. 1 Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open back in January. Since then, she has qualified and played for several finals.

Kerber was ranked No. 7 in the world when she entered the Australian Open. She then reached the final, won, and by February moved up in the rankings to World No. 2.

However, it has been a chase for World No. 1. Kerber won several tournaments and pushed Serena Williams to her limit. Williams, on the other hand, has struggled this year. She has not competed in many tournaments nor has won, therefore allowing Kerber to taking the No. 1 seed.

Before the US Open began, Kerber had the opportunity to take the World No. 1 ranking if she would’ve won the Western & Southern Open but because she wasn’t able to secure the win, she was seeded at No. 2 at the US Open.

Kerber could indeed finish the year as the World No. 1. She would just need to win the US Open or hope that Serena loses in her quarterfinal, semifinal, or final match.

Williams could also keep the No. 1 ranking if Kerber loses in the semifinals, final, and if she wins the US Open.

This final grand slam could indeed be a Kerber vs Williams final. If so, so much is at stake for both players. This year alone, both have faced each other twice and have split their meetings one and one. Kerber took the Australian Open while Williams took Wimbledon.

Overall, what everyone wants to know is: will Kerber dethrone Williams for the No. 1 ranking?  Will she end the year as World No. 1 or No. 2? Will it be another Kerber vs Williams battle, or would two other players upset them both?

Stay tuned for the conclusion of the US Open.

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