Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win maiden Wimbledon title

Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win maiden Wimbledon title

The 36-year-old star - who gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017 - returned to competitive action earlier this year, and despite losing in the women's singles final to Germany's Angelique Kerber in London on Saturday, Williams took the opportunity to reflect on her journey.

Serena Williams lost to Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3 in the Wimbledon women's singles final on Saturday, but after the match, fans shared what an inspiration Williams was for competing.

Williams is 23-6 in Grand Slam finals, and Kerber is responsible for handing her one of those rare defeats, at the 2016 Australian Open.

Williams had dominated the 2016 final between the pair but this time her 30-year-old rival returned and reversed the result from two years ago to win in 65 minutes with determined shot-making.

Kerber endured a hard 2017 after her most successful campaign the previous year and went without a tournament win for 12 months.

She prevented Williams from claiming an eighth title at Wimbledon and 24th from all Grand Slam tournaments, which would have equalled Margaret Court's record.

It was two hours later than scheduled before the women's final got underway, but Williams was adamant the decision to play the men's match first wasn't disrespectful and didn't affect her performance. "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today".

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But, rather than pull away, she became tentative again, dumping volleys in the net and unable to match the consistency of Kerber.

"I think it's the experience".

Despite the actual birthing process being "pretty easy", Williams battled multiple health issues post-pregnancy that had her spending the first six weeks of motherhood bed-ridden as she recovered.

Williams didn't enter another major until this May, at the French Open, where she won the three matches she played before withdrawing with a chest muscle injury. "This is what I'm practicing for, this is the moment where I'm really looking forward to playing on the big stages against the best players and trying to play my best tennis". Kerber defeatedWilliams 6-3, 6-3, to win the tournament.

But it was all about Kerber as she absorbed everything Williams threw at her and counter-punched in very effective fashion.

"It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed", Williams said. The German bringing her best to every Grand Slam final she's been part of so far is testimony to that, outfoxing aggressive players in Serena and Karolina Pliskova. "I know she's going to really enjoy it and enjoy the moment".

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.

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