That Kerber's gritty resilience would pose Williams some questions was anticipated; what was wholly unexpected was she would outplay her opponent, who would have equalled Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams had she won, so overwhelmingly. We just wanted her to survive-ten months later, she is in the #Wimbledon final.
Williams gave birth just over 10 months ago, then was treated for blood clots. She struggled with her movement, and her serve, as evidence by the fact she lost 4 of 9 service games and just 34% of return points, while also firing 24 errors.
That's not to say Kerber is only about defending. I think everybody knows this tournament.
"Now she's supporting me in a different role. It's interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected".
"He's going to come out with big serves and big tennis".
But Williams seemed unsure how best to break down Kerber, and the next point saw her inexplicably pat a volley back that should have been the simplest of put-aways and pay the price.
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Despite handing back an early break in the opening set, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and then wrapped up the set. He added: 'With the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semi-finals.
She had not faced anyone with the pedigree of the German though and was outmaneuvered in the first set as Kerber's dogged defense forced too many errors.
Next was a first-round loss at Miami.
To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament. "That's totally my priorities", Williams said.
Bremen-born Kerber said her first experiences of Wimbledon were watching seven-times champion Graf.
Williams endured life-saving surgery after Olympia's hard delivery and serving as an inspiration to mothers all over the world had been part of the former world one's decision to return to tennis. Williams, the lowest-ranked and the third oldest player to reach a Wimbledon final, advanced to a Grand Slam final without defeating a Top 10 player en route for the eight time in her career.
Germany's Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams of the USA hold their trophies after Kerber won the women's singles final. Angelique Kerber has been in Grand Slam finals and even won a couple.
Williams' play was tight right from the outset.
Heck, even when she was up a set on Williams in the final - even when she was up a set and 5-2 - the storyline was that Williams was down, not that the hard-hitting Kerber could close out the match at any moment.