Wimbledon: Serena Williams' husband pays tribute after final defeat

Tanya Simon
July 19, 2018

The American may not have had that extra step or shot to counter the fast-moving German Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final, but said she was doing her all to get there.

Kerber, who also won the U.S. Open in 2016, has now won three of the four Grand Slam singles titles, lacking only the French Open.

Williams is bidding for her eighth championship at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam title in all, which would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

But instead world number 10 Kerber sprang a huge surprise, making her Germany's first female champion at the All England Club since Steffi Graf in 1996.

Williams left the tour after winning the Australian Open in January 2017.

It was Williams's fourth tournament since giving birth to her daughter 10 months ago.

Williams admitted this time may be more hard, not least because she gave birth just 10 months ago, and has spoken about the tough delivery, which left her in hospital for six weeks. She's an incredible person and a really good friend so I'm really happy for her, Williams said.

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"It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed", Williams said.

Attacking right-hander Graf relied on her big forehand and serve while left-hander Kerber is more of a counter-puncher, as she displayed to great effect on Saturday when dealing with the inevitable Williams barrage. "Sometimes we expect so much from Serena because she's delivered so much in the past".

The pair, who are playing each other for the 53rd time, will have to finish their match on centre court, with the roof closed to replicate the starting conditions, before Williams can face her German rival. It was as if the capacity Centre Court crowd expected Williams to smash a few more 125 miles per hour aces, which she did to close out the fifth game of the first set, turn her fate 180 degrees and accomplish something no other top-25 seed was able to do against Kerber this fortnight: stop her. Julia Gorges - 29-year-old tennis player, who first advanced to the semifinals of Wimbledon.

"I'm just me. That's all I can be", Williams said about playing as a mother. She wrote that the "past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms" whether they choose to "stay home" or work, adding "you can do it you really can!" From getting real about the severe complications she faced after childbirth to shutting down body-shamers, she has proven time and time again to be the role model we need.

Kerber made only five unforced errors the entire match, 19 fewer than Williams.

"I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament", said the 30-year-old Kerber after seeing off Serena 6-3, 6-3.

"Knowing I've got this handsome baby to go home to makes me feel like I don't have to play another match". Having started the year at the top of the rankings, she ended it 21st. Williams, meanwhile, played tight from the outset. That was part of a run in which she dropped 8 of 9 points.

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