Tennis: Kerber Dashes Serena's Wimbledon Dream
Serena Williams’s dreams of an eighth Wimbledon title was dashed on Saturday by Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
Saturday’s victory ensured Kerber becomes the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 22 years as the 11th seed shattered Serena's bid for Grand Slam history with a shock 6-3, 6-3 result.
Williams had hoped to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles by winning her first major prize since becoming a mother in September.
The 36-year-old, who last won a Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, went into the final as the title favourite, even though she was playing only the fourth tournament of her post-pregnancy comeback.
But instead world number 10 Kerber sprang a huge surprise, making her Germany's first female champion at the All England Club since Steffi Graf in 1996.
"It's obviously disappointing but I am just getting started," said an emotional Williams after losing in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2008.
"For all you mums out there I was playing for you. I really tried."
Kerber had endured a significant slump last year after wining her previous major titles at the Australian and US Opens in 2016.
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.
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