By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Angelique Kerber [11] def. Serena Williams [25] 6-3 6-3
  • Denies Williams chance of equalling Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record of 24 singles titles
  • Wins third Slam title and first Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, UK – Angelique Kerber denies Serena Williams a record-equalling 24th Slam title to claim her first Wimbledon title.

 

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Angelique Kerber [11] def. Serena Williams [25] 6-3 6-3

They had to wait for over two hours to get on court but there were no signs of nerves for Angelique Kerber as she powered past seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title, and her third Slam title.

Kerber was a study in focus, breaking Williams in the first game, before being pegged back as Williams broke her back to love, but it was a brief respite in a solid performance as she broke twice for the first set.

As expected the second set saw Williams step up a gear, with some very aggressive play from Williams, but Kerber’s strength is to make her opponent play an extra ball – and it started to break down aspects of Williams game, including a howler of a swing volley.

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It took just a single break for Kerber to gain momentum, serving out for her first title, before falling to the ground, with Williams coming round the net again to congratulate her, as before in Australia.

After the match, she said: “To be honest, I was quite nervous before the match. But I was trying to told myself, Go out there and play your best match, because I know that against Serena I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments.

“I was trying just being aggressive, when I have the chance going for it, because I know she served well and I have to move good, moving her as well.

“At the end I was quite starting to being quite nervous. I knew that I have to take my first chance because you never know with her. She is fighting until the last one.

“I cannot describe this feeling because when I was a kid I was always dreaming for this moment. To win Wimbledon, it’s something really special in my career.”

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There is a healthy amount of respect between the pair, but there was a more steely side to Kerber with the confidence of this win.

She added: “Serena for me is a champion. She is one of the best players in the world. That she came back after all this up and downs, after having a baby now, playing tennis like she’s playing now, that’s great.

“To share with her a court, it’s always an honour for me because I know she’s pushing me to the limits I have to play my best tennis. To win the final against her, it’s always even [more special] for me.

“Like I won in Australia, then I lost here two years ago, which was also a good match, but she deserved it 2016. Today I knew that I have to take the match in my hands. Yeah, I’m happy that I won the match. I think that she not lost the match, I won the match.”

The Championships conclude on Sunday.

 

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