Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title

Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title

Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to USA player Serena Williams during their women's singles final match on the day 12 of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, July 14, 2018.

Serena made light work of Julia Goerges in the semi-final 6-2, 6-4 and is starting as the favourite to add to her tally of 23 Grand Slam titles in what will be her 10th Wimbledon final.

"It's obviously disappointing but I am just getting started", said an emotional Williams after losing in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2008. "And to hold this trophy now, it is something that I can't describe".

Unfazed, Kerber reeled off four games straight to sieze the opening set after 31 minutes before striking the first blow in the second with a scorching forehand victor to break Williams for a fourth time and surge ahead 5-2.

"Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back".

I think she had really many advantages because of that.

"No doubt, it's just she needs more time", two-time U.S. Open victor Tracy Austin said. "The defense is one of her qualities, but she also knows now that she's not going to win a Grand Slam with just defense, and that's, for me, very important".

Williams sensed a chance at 1-1 but with Kerber at 15-30 she made a terrible hash of putting away an easy volley off a poor Kerber lob and Kerber was steadfast to keep ahead.

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The final started more than two hours late, because they had to wait for the end of Novak Djokovic's five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in a men's semifinal that was suspended the night before.

Last year, the 36-year-old player took a break from competitive sport, announcing her pregnancy shortly after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open.

Nothing against Angelique Kerber, who is a great champion, but Kerber was playing just one opponent in the Wimbledon final. He'll have THREE match points. "But to all the moms out there, I was playing for you today and I tried", she said, as the cameras turned to the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, who were moved by her words.

She was bumped up to 25th seed courtesy of her seven titles at the All England Club - the most recent in 2016 - and more than justified that decision.

However, she was caught on camera looking deflated following Serena's defeat by Angelique.

Since attending the royal wedding in May, Williams has spent time with the former "Suits" star. "We also changed my serve a little bit - and the fact I served good in the important moments was one of the key points in the match". Sometimes you just get beat.

On Saturday, Williams was supported by several celebrity friends at Centre Court.

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