Angelique Kerber made it to the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open, and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon the following year. But from 2013 to 2015 she only made it to a major quarterfinal once—at Wimbledon in 2014. Then 2016 came, and she finally broke through. The lovable German shocked the tennis world by reaching the Australian Open final and upsetting heavy favorite and world No. 1 Serena Williams in three sets. Later that season she made it to her second major final, in a rematch against Serena at Wimbledon, but this time couldn’t upset the all-time great. Kerber is dangerous regardless of where she plays, having won titles on all surfaces—green clay, red clay, grass courts, hard courts—in her career. She’s an aggressive counter-puncher with a pesky all-court game, and her left-handed strokes often throw off her opponents. Kerber won a silver medal at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016, and a month later defeated Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final for her second major of the year. She became the new WTA world No. 1, ending Serena's 186-week reign at the top.
Kerber won her first Grand Slam at the 2016 Australian Open:
At Wimbledon in 2016, Kerber knocked out Venus Williams in the semifinals: