Kerber beats Williams to claim maiden Wimbledon title

Sunday, 15 Jul, 2018

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).

The 2016 Australian Open champion got off to a brilliant start, immediately breaking her well-decorated United States opponent to take a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the match.

"I know that against Serena I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments", said Kerber, the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graff in 1996.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said according to ESPN.

However, to numerous viewers, "all that she can be" is more than enough. The tennis player also dedicated her effort to all of the mothers out there. Honestly, I feel like if I can do it, they can do it. "I remember when I was watching her, that everybody was playing in white on the grass court".

There was no doubt in Kerber's mind, though, and she produced a series of superb points to break the Williams serve for the fourth time in the match and move 4-2 in front. "I'm obviously disappointed but I can't be - because I'm literally just getting started".

Undeterred by her defeat, Williams is already making plans for the US Open in August.

However, the Serena doesn't want to think about the milestone and put pressure on herself ahead of the big match later today.

While, the mum-of-one had been reluctant to say whether her good friend Meghan would turn up to Wimbledon during the earlier rounds of competition, once the official announcement came from Kensington Palace on Thursday, Serena broke her silence on the subject.

"I knew I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena", Kerber said.

The American, who was attempting to claim her eighth Wimbledon title, lost against Angelique Kerber.

Former world number one Angelique Kerber said her Wimbledon triumph on Saturday would not have been possible without experiencing the lows of last year's slide down the rankings. This particular tournament, I entered just wanting to win some matches.

That group included Tiger Woods, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and - in the front row of the Royal Box - the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. In contrast, the German made her second serve speak for itself, winning 57% and 60% of service points in the two sets. "I'll probably change the ending!"