For Serena, surpassing Margaret Court (24 grand slam titles) and making more history at Wimbledon will have to wait, despite that she still had an awesome run given her return from pregnancy just a few weeks previously. Kerber made Serena look sluggish winning more than 2/3rds of her service points, particularly doing well on the second serve, and also breaking Serena 4 times in the match, compared to just a lone break for Williams.
Kerber, who won 6-3, 6-3, chased down the 23-time Grand Slam champion's attacks and forced her into long rallies, which led to mistakes by Williams. And for a few years now, at the centre of this WTA feast is the uncompromising masterchef Angelique Kerber, your Wimbledon 2018 Champion.
"You have to go through all the things - the good things, the bad things - and then you need to learn", said Kerber, the first German to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996. "The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was, the fear that I can't be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world".
The win seals Kerber's third grand slam crown. I'm really, really sure. The American had 24 unforced errors in the match compared to five for her German opponent.
But the veteran was gracious in defeat, choking back tears recalling her journey and congratulating the new champion. "I was really happy to get this far", Williams during an on-court interview with the BBC. It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed.More news: Woman whose vehicle plunged off a California cliff found alive
She's just getting started. "But now I'm just trying to improve my game, thinking not too much about the results, trying to be a better tennis player, a better person".
In the first title-match between two thirtysomethings at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade defeated Betty Stove in 1977, Kerber became the fourth over 30 to win a Grand Slam since the turn of the century, along with Pennetta (2015 US Open), Li (2014 Australian Open) and S.Williams (10 Slam titles). To all the mum's out there, I was playing for you today and I tried. "Think about that, 14th match in a year and a half; you can't replicate match play in practice. Now she's supporting me in a different role, but our friendship is still exactly the same", she said.
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Williams struck back in the fourth game to level up at before rocketing down the fastest serve of the tournament, a 201kph ace, to hit the front for the first - and only - time.