worth the wait

It took Angelique Kerber 33 majors to win a title — sixth on the list for longest waits among women.

Streak, player, breakthrough major

49: Flavia Pennetta, 2015 U.S. Open

47: Marion Bartoli, 2013 Wimbledon

45: Jana Novotna, 1998 Wimbledon

39: Francesca Schiavone, 2010 French Open

34: Sam Stosur, 2011 U.S. Open

33: Kerber, 2016 Australian Open

did you know?

• This is the first Australian Open title for a German woman since Steffi Graf in 1994 and the first Grand Slam title of any kind by a German woman since Graf won the French Open in 1999.

• Kerber had lost five of six previous matches against Serena Williams.

• Kerber made just 13 unforced errors compared to 46 for Williams.

• Williams had never lost a major final that went three sets.

• Williams had been 6-0 in Australian Open finals.