Kerber beats Serena in Wimbledon final

While Williams' 2018 Wimbledon campaign has marked not least a remarkable comeback since maternity leave - her daughter, Alexis Olympia, was born in September past year - Kerber, too, has been making a comeback of sorts.

"It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road", Williams said.

But just an hour and five minutes later, Kerber was celebrating a 6-3 6-3 victory and her first Wimbledon title.

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

Williams gave birth only 10½ months ago, then was treated for blood clots. Speaking following the confirmation from Kensington Palace, the 36-year-old former Wimbledon champion has revealed she is happy that her friend of many years will be cheering her on.

"But as I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself". "I look forward to it", she said.

"I am just me, and that's all I can be".

Williams was ranked No. 1 in the world when she took her maternity leave before welcoming a daughter in September with her then-fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

However, she was caught on camera looking deflated following Serena's defeat by Angelique. She was playing in the fourth tournament of her comeback.

"I'm just me and that's all that I can be". "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today and I tried, but Angelique played really well". I never played at 1 or anything, so I was always second after.

Seven-times champion Williams had been bidding to claim a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam crown but made too many errors as Kerber ran out a comfortable victor in the final. It would be her last tournament for more than a year, in part because of a series of medical procedures that followed a hard childbirth.

"I knew that I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena", Kerber said.

Saturday's victory was Kerber's third title at the Slams - all coming after her 28th birthday.

Williams' play was tight right from the outset.

After taking the opening two points, Wiliiams made four miscues in a row to get broken.

Now she's dropped another. The American was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final's initial six unforced errors.

The seven-time champion has lost only one set en route to the final. But she brought up the one match point she required with a forehand bang on the baseline. I can not describe this feeling because when I was a kid I was always dreaming for this moment.

FRIDAY'S KEY RESULTS: Men's semifinals: No. 8 Kevin Anderson beat No. 9 John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24; No. 12 Novak Djokovic leads No. 2 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) - match suspended due to curfew.

  • Kyle Peterson