Angelique Kerber proved too strong for the 23-times major champion Serena Williams as she claimed her first Wimbledon and third grand slam title in straight sets.

The World Number One is now a French Open crown away from completing a career Grand Slam after her 6-3, 6-3 win against Williams at the All England Club.

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Kerber at the 2016 US Open, where she won the title and claimed the world No. 1 ranking. Picture: Creative Commons

Serena Williams on the Back Foot

Looking to go level with Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, the seven-times Wimbledon champion started off on the back foot when Kerber came out swinging hard when she went 2-0 in the opening set.

Williams came back strong to recover from 0-2 down to lead 3-2 but Kerber broke serve three times to take the opening set 6-3.

The German is becoming a nightmare for the American as she has now beaten her twice in two grand slam finals to become only the second player to do so after her sister, Venus Williams.

Kerber was quick as a flash breaking Williams for the fourth time as she ran away with the match, taking a 4-2 lead in the second set.

The comeback queen tried to fight her way into the contest but the German was on fire, mixing-up her shots which tested Williams’ fitness levels.

Time was running out for the 23-times grand slam winner as Kerber leading 5-3 was now serving for the match.

It was an unforced error that resulted in Williams failing to become the first mom to win Wimbledon in 38 years. Instead, Kerber became the first German to win a Wimbledon singles title in 22 years.

In a class act, Kerber and Williams walked off the court together earning a round of applause and a loud cheer from the Wimbledon crowd. Many applauded Williams for her outstanding effort to make it into the final less than a year after nearly dying in childbirth. She also missed her daughter’s first steps while busy with training.

Another Grand Slam Title Wasn’t to Be

Gracious in defeat, a teary-eyed Williams said, “I was really happy to get this far. For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today. I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.”

Angelique Kerber, champion on the day, praised Williams on her incredible comeback.

I am sure you will have your next Grand Slam title soon. I am really, really sure.

She went on to say that it was a dream come true again for her to win a grand slam title and to play against Serena is always an honour. “She’s the best player in the world and a champion,” Kerber said.

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Tokelo Martin Mokhesi is a journalism graduate. Born and bred in Soweto. Tokelo Martin also known as Teekay is currently studying towards his Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management. Qualified sports journalist and social media manager. A keen sportsman, he plays cricket at Soweto Pioneers Cricket Club and is a former Ultimate Frisbee player for South Africa U24 (The Wild Dogs). On a mission to change lives through the power of sport. Tokelo is also a sport activist, and aspiring business owner/sport academy/agency/club Email: Martinmokhesi7@gmail.com

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