Kerber defeats Williams to claim Wimbledon crown

Serena Williams invites a tennis legend to sit on her player's box

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, is playing just her fourth tournament since returning to action in March.

Kerber is seeking her first Wimbledon crown after a semifinal victory over Jelena Ostapenko.

Williams left the tour after winning the Australian Open in January 2017. She also revealed that shortly after her daughter's birth, she almost died. "I want to get as many as I can, starting with - I still have a match to win, so I'm not even there yet". She got past Germany's Görges without really breaking sweat and has enough energy to take on the next German in line.

"It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed", Williams said. "I look forward to it", she said.

Williams played doubles with her sister Venus Williams at the Fed Cup in February.

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.

But so superbly did she play against Goerges that it was no surprise to see her made favourite against Kerber, who had been equally impressive in her own run to the title decider.

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.

"I mean, even this week, I had a pain in my leg, and I went to the worst-case scenario: 'Oh, my God, I have a (pulmonary embolism) in my leg, '" Williams said.

"I am just me, and that's all I can be". She has added a more aggressive element to her game in recent years.

Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is playing in her first major final since her triumph at the 2016 U.S. Open. "It's interesting how that mental recovery is actually taking much longer than I ever expected".

Now she just needs to win the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam.

"I knew I had to play my best against a champion like Serena, it is always an honour to share a court with her".

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