Don't you dare say Serena Williams lost at Wimbledon, because she didn't
- Author: Marlene Weaver Jul 16, 2018,
Jul 16, 2018, 2:07
Players who are capable of attack but are traditionally defensive-minded hold all the Grand Slams between them right now - Sloane Stephens is the reigning US Open champion, Caroline Wozniacki won Australian Open this year, Halep the French Open and Kerber clinched Wimbledon.
The fearsome Williams serve didn't quite get going; in fact, Kerber made a meal of this in the first set in which Williams could win a mere 14% of her second-serve points.
"I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament", Kerber, who will rise back to world number four, told reporters.
The 30-year-old looked incredibly confident throughout as she repeatedly thwarted Williams' attempts to seize control of the match.
Speaking after the match, Kerber said: 'Serena you are a great person and a champion, you are coming back and you are such an inspiration for everybody, for all of us and every person watching.
'It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed, I have so much to look forward to and I'm literally just getting started.
Germany's Angelique Kerber (R) embraces U.S. player Serena Williams following their women's singles final match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today".
In a role reversal from her wedding - at which Williams was a guest in May - Markle watched her friend from the royal box. Kerber, the 11th seed, proved to be more precise with her shots, helping her to make a crucial break in the middle of the second set.
Williams sensed a chance at 1-1 but with Kerber at 15-30 she made a terrible hash of putting away an easy volley off a poor Kerber lob and Kerber was steadfast to keep ahead.
Kerber won the first set 6-3. "This is what I'm practicing for, this is the moment where I'm really looking forward to playing on the big stages against the best players and trying to play my best tennis".
Williams, meanwhile, sure sounded like a tennis player who is just starting her career.
"I tried but Angelique played really well".
Now she's dropped another.
"Not knowing how this match would go, two hours, three hours, I don't think they could put the men's semi-final behind the women because they have to come back the next day".
As the women ranked above her toppled like dominoes in the Wimbledon wind, the story became their defeat instead of the fact that Kerber was plowing through the draw.