Newly minted world number one Angelique Kerber warned Sunday that Serena Williams will come back strong after the German stripped her of her long-held position atop the rankings.
“I am sure that she (Williams) will (be) coming back strong,” Kerber told AFP in Wuhan, China.
Williams was gunning for her 23rd Grand Slam title at the US Open — that would have taken her past the record she shares with Steffi Graf — when she was cut down by 11th-ranked Karolina Pliskova in the semis.
The Czech’s victory ensured that Kerber, who had been snapping at Williams’ heels for weeks, would rise to number one.
The German then went on to beat Pliskova in the final to claim her second Grand Slam title of the year.