Germany Angelique Kerber has stunned Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title.
Kerber shattered Serena Williams’s dreams of an eighth Wimbledon title and record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles trophy with a 6-3, 6-3 win in the final on Saturday.
It was Kerber’s third title at the majors to add to her Australian Open and US Open triumphs in 2016.
Williams, 36, had been attempting to win a first Grand Slam since giving birth to her daughter Olympia in September.
Kerber is the first German woman to win the Wimbledon title since Steffi Graf in 1996.
“I am sure you will have your next Grand Slam title very soon,” said Kerber to Williams afterwards. “I knew I had to play my best tennis. It was my second chance to be playing here. I am the next one after Steffi won.”
Indeed it was Kerber who fell to Williams in 2016, the only other time the German had been to a Wimbledon final. But far from a hint of revenge, Kerber effusively praised her beaten opponent as a great champion.
“First I have to say Serena, you’re a great person and a champion. Coming back, you’re such an inspiration for everyone. So congrats for coming back.”
Williams suggested it was just one match too many, or, one match too early in her comeback. And that’s the way it looked as she struggled for consistency against a robustly precise Kerber.
“I was really happy to get this far,” said Williams. “There is obviously disappointment but I am literally just getting started. For all the moms out there I tried . . . ”