Kerber beats Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win first Wimbledon title

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She knew exactly what to expect - and what to do - against Serena Williams. I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself.

"I was trying to play my best to play for you guys".

The pair, who are playing each other for the 53rd time, will have to finish their match on centre court, with the roof closed to replicate the starting conditions, before Williams can face her German rival.

The match denied Serena her all-time record-tying 24th Grand Slam title (she already holds the record for most of the Open era), gave Kerber her third major and also made her the only woman outside the Williams family to defeat Serena twice in a Grand Slam final. In dealing with them Williams demonstrated a more commonplace kind of strength, one that doesn't make her world class, but rather is shared by innumerable women.

Serena Williams cried after she dedicated her Wimbledon performance "to all the moms out there" after reaching the final just ten months after almost dying during childbirth. "It came from the palace that she is coming on Saturday".

Then to the press afterwards, she said, "She [Kerber] played unbelievable today".

Kerber addressed Williams during the on-court interviews, saying: "You're such an inspiration for everybody, for all of us".

It's wonderful and I'm sure you'll have your next Grand Slam title soon.

"I think these two weeks have really showed me that I can compete".

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During the tournament, Kerber has been fairly more dominant in the shorter rallies, ending in no more than four shots but Serena got the better of the German on two tricky short balls, that Kerber couldn't get back. But she brought up the one match point she required with a forehand bang on the baseline. Williams was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final's initial six unforced errors. It suggests the empowerment Serena has personified at Wimbledon has its limits and that Kerber was playing a compromised opponent. There are no holes.

"My priority is my baby now, you know".

And when she swung her racket, the measure was nearly always true.

That's not to say Kerber is only about defending. She has added a more aggressive element to her game in recent years and worked to improve her serve. "My first memories were of watching Steffi here, winning all the matches", she said, smiling.

She's just getting started.

Kerber was broken only once.

Kerber won the first set 6-3. However, her efforts were not enough to reverse the course of the game as the tenacious Kerber regained her composure to seal a 6-3 win in the opening set. It is obviously disappointing but I can not be disappointed.

In reality Williams will probably always be remembered as the greatest of all time regardless, considering that 11 of Court's major wins were at the Australian Open, which at that time was essentially a national championship.

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