Angelique Kerber reflects on her stunning 6-3 6-3 over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title. For Serena, surpassing Margaret Court (24 grand slam titles) and making more history at Wimbledon will have to wait, despite that she still had an unbelievable run given her return from pregnancy just a few weeks previously. She didn't care to be the story - not until she did something worth writing about.
"You're a superhuman, a supermom", said on-court interviewer Sue Barker, to which Willliams replied, "No, I'm just me". We have to admit that it's most likely not easy going against one of the best and most publicly known tennis players in the world but today, Angelique proved she's well on her way to joining Serena at the top in history. Ousted in the second round of Wimbledon's singles event, Azarenka will compete for the mixed-doubles title, paired with Jamie Murray of Scotland on Sunday.
They've played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.
"I was really happy to get this far", Williams said in her postgame interview, her voice wobbly with tears.
"I was still pregnant at this time previous year". I am literally just getting started, so I look forward to it'.
"I'm just me, and that's all I can be", she added when she was called "Supermom". I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.
But, back to her best on the grass at Wimbledon, she needed only 11 winners and one ace to deny an oddly nervous Serena, who contributed to her own downfall with a whopping 24 unforced errors, compared to only five from Kerber. "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". "But I just tried to improve my game, not think too much about the results".
Williams was on the ropes and lost the opening set when she rammed a backhand into the net to be broken again. "Serena, you're a great, great person and a champion".
Returning to major action at the French Open in May, she was forced to pull out of her fourth round match due to a pectoral injury.
That group included Tiger Woods, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and - in the front row of the Royal Box - the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Regardless of what the score says, she's an absolute champion in every way'. And then came Kerber, a former No. 1 who plays a style that hasn't often worked against Serena (she was only 2-6 against her lifetime) but was tailor-made for this tournament.
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