Kerber denies Serena historic Wimbledon title

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"Almost didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said shortly after completing her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges on Thursday. I'm not smart enough to know.

Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defense.

United States player Serena Williams returns against Germany´s Angelique Kerber during their women´s singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.

Kerber defeated Williams to win the Australian Open in 2016 and then, after losing here, lifted the trophy at the US Open. But she admitted that defeating Williams, a 23-times grand slam victor, was something else.

"Well, I think it was a happy story", Williams said with a smile.

Williams admitted this time may be more hard, not least because she gave birth just 10 months ago, and has spoken about the tough delivery, which left her in hospital for six weeks.

Her husband who cheered on her during the tournament, showing her incredible support every step of the way, took to Instagram to share a very sweet message after the finale. Williams was vying for an eighth career Wimbledon title, after missing the Grand Slam tennis tournament previous year while pregnant.

Here she is on day two of the tournament that year.

She recovered from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, clinching the fifth game with a 125mph ace, the fastest serve of the women's tournament.

Kerber was so consistent.

And Austin added: "She'll get 24 and no doubt she'll get 25 as well". All she could do was smile.

After taking the opening two points, she made four miscues in a row to get broken. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. 'I think the Centre Court is much slower than the other courts I played on before.

"I just like to tell all the moms, I had such a long struggle to come back, and it was really hard".

"I know that against Serena, I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments", said Kerber, who won the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2016, but was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon that season, "especially in the important moments".

Serving at 2-3 15-30 Williams popped up a half volley and Kerber rammed a victor past her and the 11th-seeded German repeated the trick with another sweet forehand to lead 4-2. "Congrats again - it's awesome".

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