Kerber defeats Williams to win Wimbledon

LONDON Angelique Kerber hits a return to Serena Williams during the Wimbledon final on Saturday.—AFP

LONDON Angelique Kerber hits a return to Serena Williams during the Wimbledon final on Saturday.—AFP

Germany's Angelique Kerber stunned American Serena Williams 6-3 6-3 on Saturday to win her first Wimbledon title.

Kerber, who beat Williams to lift her first grand slam title at the Australian Open in 2016, opened up another break point at 3-2 in the second set with a punishing backhand pass, before she moved two games clear with a rasping forehand.

Her win, revenge for a 2016 defeat in the final by Williams, snapped the American's 20-match winning run at Wimbledon.

Kerber endured a hard 2017 after her most successful campaign the previous year and went without a tournament win for 12 months. Serena Williams, who was playing only her 14th match since January 2017 which was unbelievably (and yet making complete sense that makes you go, "but of course") a Wimbledon final, was not moving as well as she would have liked.

'It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed, I have so much to look forward to and I'm literally just getting started.

Serena Williams's husband, Alexis Ohanian, took to Instagram to congratulate Angelique Kerber on her Wimbledon win Saturday, and praised his runner-up wife on her comeback from complications following the birth of their child. "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today".

Instead, the pressure of her new status and trying to back up what she had achieved crushed Kerber, and last season she won only six matches at the four slams combined. Serena Williams made the women's final of Wimbledon after dropping just one set in the entire tournament.

Williams had quite a few twists and turns and this proved to be a tough year for the tennis star who seeded 25th in the tournament after her pregnancy hiatus. The players feel it and they hear the exhalation before they see the ball, so it's like a forewarning to what's coming, and that causes them to back away just a fraction.

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

Novak Djokovic advanced to a fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal.

'I look forward to continuing to being back out here and do what I do best'.

"I played here once the final already, so I knew what to expect".

That group included Tiger Woods, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and - in the front row of the Royal Box - the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

Kerber continued her momentum in the second set, scurrying along the baseline, this way and that, using a combination of quickness and anticipation to track down what often appeared to be winners for Williams but were not enough to end a point.

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