The finals of the first Grand Slam of 2016 had seen two beautiful tennis stars go head on into the match at the Australian Open, with Angelique Kerber on one side, and Serena Williams on the other.

Serena Williams had roared into the game, which was the first Grand Slam of 2016, in a bid to shake off the disappointment after falling two matches short of the Calendar Year Grand Slam.

Williams had saved her most dominant performance without dropping a set, for the semifinal. There, she had lost just four games to the reigning BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by Agnieszka Radwanska, SC Global Champion.

In the Championship Match on the other side of the net, was Angelique Kerber, the German veteran who for the first time was in her first major final despite playing the best tennis of her career

In her opening round clash with Misaki Doi, Kerber had come off with a match point, and only got stronger with each match. In the quarterfinals, she dismantled Victoria Azarenka, who had been the favorite at the start of the tournament, before going on to ease past a surprised Johanna Konta, in the semifinals, thus booking an encounter with Serena who had her sights on tying the record of 22 Grand Slam titles set by Stefanie Graf in the Open Era.

Speaking of her childhood idol and countrywoman whose record she sought to protect from being broken, Kerber had said on a wry note

“The Germans must stick together.”

And after her win, she had told WTA insider,

“It still sounds a little bit weird, but I think after a few hours, it’s still coming into my mind that I really won the title and won my first Grand Slam. Like I said, it’s a dream come true, and it sounds really nice.”