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- Angelique Kerber  def. Serena Williams  6-3 6-3
- The wait to equal Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record continues
WIMBLEDON, UK – Serena Williams will have to wait until the US Open to try and equal Margaret Court’s long-standing record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles after losing the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber.
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In an eagerly awaited rematch of the last time they met, it was a very different Angelique Kerber facing Serena Williams in a Wimbledon final. From the first ball to the last Kerber was a study of focus, jumping out to a lead before Williams struck back.
However, it was a short-lived fight back as Kerber broke the seven-time Wimbledon Champion twice to secure the first set. Williams stepped up the ferocity, almost taking Kerber’s head off with a return at one stage, but was too error prone for the German, who made her play that extra ball.
Williams said, after the match: “She played from first point to the last point really good. She played unbelievable today.
It was definitely a different game, but at times she hit the ball really hard. She was striking the ball out there today. But, yeah, I just have to add it to the list. All right, next time when I play her or play someone like her, I’ll be more ready.”
When asked if the delayed start to the women’s final had any impact on hr preparations, she pointed out that throughout the whole tournament, she had never had a first match on start time.
“It definitely didn’t have any impact on me. It was a necessary evil that needed to be done. They didn’t finish their match. They had to finish. It had to be completed.
“Actually, every match this tournament I didn’t have a start time. I never played at 1 or anything, so I was always second after. I was fine.”
It is fair to say that Kerber was a step up in competition and it showed in her performance in a final. There is absolutely no doubt that Williams has her eye on surpassing Margaret Court’s record, but it will have to wait – but the day is coming.
She added: “I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road kind of.
“So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, okay, I can compete. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.”
The Championships will conclude on Sunday.
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