Germany´s Angelique Kerber poses with the winner´s trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women´s singles final victory over United States player Serena Williams on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. The sheer presence of Serena has been so overpowering that I can not but wonder whether the exodus of top seeds was a sense of ominous foreboding that accompanies a champion of her stature.
But so superbly did she play against Goerges that it was no surprise to see her made favourite against Kerber, who had been equally impressive in her own run to the title decider. I think by losing, it will incentivize her even more to do well for the rest of the year, to get really fit and get back.
Kerber clinched the coveted trophy, denying Williams a chance to grab her 24th Grand Slam title. It was one of Williams' most lopsided losses. I have so much to look forward to and I am just getting started.
Urged on by husband Alexis Ohanian and her celebrity supporters, Williams upped her aggression and noise level, almost taking out her opponent with a thunderous drive volley in the third game of the second set.
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"After 2017, nobody was expecting me to come back so strong, to win my third Grand Slam, win Wimbledon, which was always my dream", Kerber said after becoming one of only five women ever to beat Williams in a Grand Slam final. "You will have your next Grand Slam, and you will have it soon I am sure", she said after her win.
Serena Williams reacts to losing against Angelique Kerber on Saturday, July 14, 2018. I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.
Her agony only increased with a woeful volley that flew long to put Kerber within two points of the title.
Serving at 2-3 15-30 Williams popped up a half volley and Kerber rammed a victor past her and the 11th-seeded German repeated the trick with another sweet forehand to lead 4-2.
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.