Angelique Kerber is enjoying a career-best year at the age of 28. The German defeated Karolina Pliskova in the final of the US Open in three sets to claim her second Grand Slam singles title of the year.
The Czech halted the German's chances of claiming the world number one ranking in Cincinnati by defeating her in the final. However, Pliskova stunned Serena Williams in the semifinals of the US Open, which handed Kerber the world number one spot.
Kerber returns home
Kerbe had an exhausting but extremely successful summer. She claimed the silver medal at the Olympics, a runner-up finish at Wimbledon and in Cincinnati, culminating with the US Open triumph at Flushing Meadows.
Journalists at Munich Airport were waiting for the new US Open champion's arrival, and the new world number one is looking to hold onto her new ranking as long as possible.
"(I) will do everything to keep being World No.1, I accept the challenge and I feel ready to face it. All what happened is incredible, I cannot explain in words such big emotions."
Rest before the Asian Swing
The two-time Grand Slam champion will take advantage of a mini-break by recuperating in Germany for a week before the Asian Swing begins. The swing finishes at the WTA finals in Singapore next month, and the German will want to finish the season on a high.
"I will sleep much, will eat well, will stay with family and friends. I simply want to enjoy life."
Talks about improvement
The two-time Grand Slam champion spoke about her dramatic improvement of her fitness and mentally in her tennis this year, which has seen Kerber become extremely difficult to beat.
"First of all, of course, my fitness and then being more aggressive and going for it when I have the chance. Not just hitting the balls over the net. Just playing my game because I know that when I practice I can be aggressive."
The 28-year-old added, "Just make the transfer on the match court, that was the challenge and also being more positive mentally, a little bit stronger and just focusing on the moment I am on (the) court."
Kerber achieved a difficult feat by becoming the first female tennis player since Martina Hingis in 1997 to win the Australian Open and the US Open in the same calendar year.