TENNIS

Karolina Pliskova Claims Title, Denies Kerber Top Ranking

Karolina Pliskova won her biggest title and denied Angelique Kerber the world number one ranking with an emphatic 6-3 and 6-1 victory in final of Cincinnati Masters Tennis Tournament.

The 15th-seeded Czech registered her sixth career title and second this year, following a win at Nottingham, with her total demolition of the second-seeded Kerber.

Pliskova, who leads the WTA tour in aces, hammered home seven aces, the last one securing her stunning victory over the 28-year-old German, who had so much on the line.

Kerber, who committed 32 unforced errors, was on the podium last Sunday accepting the silver medal after falling to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig in the women's final at the Rio Olympics.

The result allowed Serena Williams to push her reign on top of the rankings to 184 consecutive weeks, two weeks away from tying the all-time mark held by Steffi Graf.

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