Angelique Kerber spoiled Serena Williams‘ dream comeback as a mom by beating her 6-3 6-3 in the final of Wimbledon, even though the seven-time champion had Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle rooting for her from the Royal Box.
In a rematch of their 2016 title match at Wimbledon, the 11th-seeded Kerber broke seed No.25 Williams’ serve in the very first game. Even though Williams broke back to level at 2-2 and held serve in the following game to establish lead for the first time, Kerber won four consecutive games and victoriously finished the first set.
The second set went with serve until the sixth game, when Kerber earned a 4-2 lead, and the German never looked back, soon afterwards finishing the set in which she never even faced a break point.
The match was pretty straightforward, Kerber was steady and calm, while Williams seemed more nervous, piling up unforced errors, albeit largely because of her opponent’s superb returns. After winning the championship point, the former No.1 Kerber collapsed on to the ground and covered her eyes, while Williams didn’t look disappointed, being happy to go that far at a Grand Slam so soon after giving birth.
Wearing the Adidas x Palace apparel, Kerber defeated Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the first round, then American Claire Liu (the only player that won a set against Kerber this fortnight), seed No.18 Naomi Osaka in the third round, Belinda Bencic in the fourth, seed No.14 Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals, seed No.12 Jelena Ostapenko in the semis, and finally Serena, her first victory over the American on grass.
The world No.10 Kerber now needs only the French Open title to complete a Career Slam, as she’s won the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 US Open and Wimbledon 2018.