Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber denies Serena Williams to win third Grand Slam

Posted July 15, 2018

For Meghan, the day will have added significance, as she cheers on her friend Serena Williams, who faces Angelique Kerber in the final on Saturday afternoon.

"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. Over the course of 2016, the powerful lefty won two majors and played in the final of another, and rose to No. 1 in the world.

On hand to support Serena was her close friend and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

'I'm sure you will have your next grand slam title'.

She was bidding to become only the fourth mum to win a Grand Slam title in the professional era and the first at Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong beat Chris Evert in 1980.

"I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments".

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Those words proved to be a near-perfect fit description of Kerber's deft 6-3, 6-3 dissection of Serena Williams. In contrast, the German made her second serve speak for itself, winning 57% and 60% of service points in the two sets.

"But to those that do want to go back, you can do it, you can really do it". "But now I am just trying to [improve] my game, thinking not too much about the results, trying to be a better tennis player, a better person, and I'm trying to enjoy tennis again".

She had dropped just one set en route to the final, as had Kerber, but had not faced anyone with the pedigree of the German who had experienced a Grand Slam final victory over the American, at the 2016 Australian Open.

Angelique Kerber denied Serena Williams a fairytale eighth Wimbledon title and a shared slice of history with a straight-sets victory in the women's singles final.

Asked if she would tell Olympia about her day, Serena said: "I think it would be a happy story".

"Honestly, I just feel like it was a necessary evil", she said.

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As you may know already, this was Serena's comeback to the field after she welcomed her first baby with husband, Alexis Ohanian.

It seems unfair to Angelique to call this an upset, but considering how Serena played during the rest of the tournament, the loss does seem shocking.

It meant that Djokovic and Nadal had to complete their match on Saturday afternoon, starting at 1pm.

She was seeded No. 25 in Wimbledon this year after the All England Club amended the rules and ranked her in the tournament, instead of following the ranking list that doesn't take into account players' going on maternity leave.

Many couldn't help reiterating that the tennis star almost died of complications from her cesarean section.

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