Wimbledon 2018 | Serena "I can be a contender for Grand Slams"

Ross Houston
July 19, 2018

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber said that it was "amazing" to become the first German player to claim the Venus Rosewater dish since Steffi Graf in 1996.

"I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament", Kerber said.

Williams was aiming to match Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles titles after a remarkable run just 10 months on from the birth of her first child. She's going to get fitter and this may make her even more determined because I know Serena.

"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today - and I tried", said the 36-year-old American, her voice shaking during the trophy ceremony. Williams was vying for an eighth career Wimbledon title, after missing the Grand Slam tennis tournament previous year while pregnant.

She returned to the WTA tour earlier this year, but it wasn't until arriving at Wimbledon, a tournament she has won seven times, that she began to look like the dominant player of old. After Kensington Palace confirmed that the duchesses would have their girls' day out at the All England Lawn Club, the tennis star gushed about her relationship with Prince Harry's wife.

Follow along below for live updates and highlights as Williams takes on Kerber at Wimbledon.

Played her first Australian Open main draw in 2008, reaching the second round before losing to Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

The usual 2 p.m. start time was pushed back as Novak Djokovic's and Rafael Nadal's semifinal was played to a finish having been carried over from Friday.

"Knowing I've got this handsome baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match". Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me.

Serena Williams is fighting as much for her own legacy as she's for mothers, especially those who're working.

Serena Williams might not have won on the tennis court at Wimbledon over the weekend but she's always a big victor in her husband's eyes.

Serena Williams returns the ball to Angelique Kerber during their women's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

"No way", Kerber said as she stared at her name on the board of champions inside the clubhouse after the match.

Said three-time Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin: "I think it was just a step too far, too soon".

After her semi-final win on Thursday, Williams hailed her "wonderful" friendship with Meghan and said she was looking forward to her attending. That's a bit deceiving: Djokovic has been No. 1, but he slid outside the top 20 for the first time in more than 11 years in May as a result of taking the last half of 2017 off, then playing poorly at the start of this season.

Catherine, a patron of Wimbledon, is still officially on maternity leave but has made a few public appearances, including her youngest son Louis' christening, and the Queen's birthday celebrations at Trooping the Colour.

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