Germany's Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams for Wimbledon title

Germany's Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams for Wimbledon title

Carla Harmon
July 15, 2018

Serena Williams is opening up after losing to German player Angelique Kerber during Saturday's game (July 14) at The Championships, Wimbledon 2018 in London, England.

American great Williams, playing in only her fourth tournament since becoming a mother last September, had been looking to match Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam titles.

A defiant Serena Williams insists she is just getting started after falling short of a remarkable eighth Wimbledon title courtesy of a final defeat to Angelique Kerber.

She is the first German to win a Wimbledon Singles title since Steffi Graf in 1996. The longer her career extends, greater the current and future WTA match-ups, and the greater the gift of women's tennis.

"I'm just me and that's all I can be".

"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today".

An even start to the second followed, but Williams was unable to build sustained pressure as Kerber continued to display sublime defensive skills.

Kerber took the blows, a tennis version of rope-a-dope, content to get balls back over the net and let the match play out from there.

"I'd just like to tell all the moms, I had such a long struggle to come back and it was really hard", Williams explained in her post-match interview.

"I had a baby around the same time as Serena and barely managed the mums' race at sports day last week." wrote Lucky Soul.

And even with all that, she only lost a Wimbledon final 6-3, 6-3 to a future tennis Hall of Famer. It's also her first so I know she'll enjoy it.

Those words proved to be a near-perfect fit description of Kerber's deft 6-3, 6-3 dissection of Serena Williams.

Speaking at Wimbledon's Centre Court after her defeat, Williams said she was happy to get as far as she did. And Kerber also credits Graf with giving her the mental belief in 2015 that she could be a grand slam victor.

But now she is a royal, Meghan may have to be more discreet in her support although yesterday Serena made no secret of their friendship. I'm really, really sure.

These weren't just words of obligatory appreciation, it was an assessment of a player, who had to survive 125 miles per hour aces to rightfully lay her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish for the first time. "I'll just have to accept the circumstances", Djokovic said, "and try to recover as best as I can".

Following the landmark moment, she tweeted: "She took her first steps".

Returning to major action at the French Open in May, she was forced to pull out of her fourth round match due to a pectoral injury.

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