Melbourne - Angelique Kerber checked her phone and confirms she received a text message from Steffi Graf ahead of the Australian Open final against Serena Williams on Saturday.
Kerber summed up the message on Friday: "She told me, 'Congrats,' and she is happy for me and good luck in the finals."
After winning her semi-final on Thursday, Kerber was asked during her on-court interview if she would seek the advice of Graf, who was the last German woman to win the Australian title, on how to beat Serena.
Kerber responded with a laugh and said, "Steffi, write me please."
Williams has won 21 majors and is trying to match Graf's record of 22 titles in the Open era, which started in 1968.