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And she totally did.

30-year-old Angelique Kerber has won her first Wimbledon title after defeating favourite Serena Williams in two straight sets. Williams, 36, who was seeking a 24th Grand Slam title, 10 months after having her first child and dealing with a serious health scare.

Williams returned to tennis in March and charged to the final of the Wimbledon, which was her fourth tournament of the year. "She's showed her vulnerabilities and emotions".

"I also needed to find the motivation after 2016, which was fantastic. I was really happy to get this far" Serena Williams said speaking to the BBC. "Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam", she said. I entered Wimbledon just wanting to win some matches. To hear people say, 'Oh, she's a favorite.' Like, the last 16 months, I've played in four tournaments and was carrying another human half that time. "I look forward to continuing to be back out here and do what I do best". So I don't get to be with her the full day, but a pretty good chunk out of the day.

"Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back". A replica of the 2016 final, but this time, it was the German player's time to strike revenge on her victor from two years' previous.

Even Kerber couldn't hold back her admiration for her competitor.

Williams, however, struggled to control the game as Kerber began the rally.

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Williams was on the ropes and lost the opening set when she rammed a backhand into the net to be broken again.

Before Saturday, Serena Williams had addressed the crowd after contesting a Grand Slam final 29 times in her career - 23 times as the victor, six as runner-up.

This wasn't a failure of conditioning or any match rustiness, the kind you'd figure a new mom might have in only her second major tournament.

Former world number one Angelique Kerber said her Wimbledon triumph on Saturday would not have been possible without experiencing the lows of last year's slide down the rankings.

It was said through tears, with a tinge of regret, as many statements by Grand Slam runner-ups are.

In that regard, Williams scored a victory of effect in reaching Wimbledon's final for a 10th time in her career - pushing herself to serve harder, run faster and do whatever was demanded to progress through the two-week competition.

Kerber broke Williams' serve to open the match - a rare and startling achievement.


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