It was supposed to be the day Serena Williams completed a remarkable comeback and claimed a record-matching 24th Grand Slam title but Angelique Kerber ripped up the script to outclass her 6-3 6-3 in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.
Following in great footsteps 🇩🇪@AngeliqueKerber beats Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to become the first German to win a #Wimbledon singles title since Steffi Graf in 1996 🏆#TakeOnHistory pic.twitter.com/UwmpYbXZyR
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2018
Ten months after the difficult birth of daughter Alexis Olympia the 36-year-old Williams had powered into her 10th Wimbledon final and looked poised for an eighth crown.
Kerber broke the mighty Williams serve three times in the opening set and again in the sixth game of the second and held her nerve to become the first German woman to win the title since Steffi Graf in 1996.
With compatriot Meghan Markle, whose marriage to Britain’s Prince Harry Serena attended this year, watching from the Royal Box the stage seemed set for another memorable day in the fairytale career of Williams.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 14, 2018
“It’s a dream come true, Serena you are a great person and champion, such an inspiration for everyone watching,” Kerber said on Centre Court.
“To all the mums out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried but Angelique played really well, she played out of her mind,” Williams, playing only her fourth tournament since returning to the Tour, said.