Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Kerber puts Wimbledon triumph down to 2017 hardships

Kerber puts Wimbledon triumph down to 2017 hardships

"We just wanted her to survive--10 months later, she's in the #Wimbledon final", he wrote.

"To share with her a court, it's always an honor for me because I know she's pushing me to the limits I have to play my best tennis", Kerber said. "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today".

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who is a close personal friend of Williams, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, watched on from the Royal Box.

The German scaled the heights of women's tennis two years ago after a year that included grand slam titles at the Australian and US Open, as well as a loss to Serena Williams in the final at the All England Club.

It is the third Grand Slam title of Kerber's career, adding to her Australian and U.S. Open triumphs in 2016.

"Angelique played out of her mind".

"The last two years gives me so much experience, good and bad things", said Kerber, who allowed herself a brief sip of champagne a couple of hours after her 6-3, 6-3 win against Williams, whose own achievement in reaching the final, 10 months after a traumatic childbirth, was truly remarkable. 'How am I ever going to get back in shape?

That was on display Saturday when she delivered a pair of down-the-line forehand passing winners to collect the last break she'd need, for a 4-2 edge in the second set.

Alexis Ohanian, the internet entrepreneur and founder of Reddit, saluted the 36-year-old Williams for battling back from life-saving surgery to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title. Her ability to retrieve a huge number of balls would put the focus on her opponent's footwork and physical resilience.

Mike Bryan won his record-tying 17th Grand Slam men's doubles title, and first without his brother, by teaming with fellow American Jack Sock to beat Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in the Wimbledon final.

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. But, rather than pull away, she became tentative again, dumping volleys in the net and unable to match the consistency of Kerber. All she could do was smile.

When asked if the delayed start to the women's final had any impact on hr preparations, she pointed out that throughout the whole tournament, she had never had a first match on start time. Perhaps more impressive was this: She broke Williams in four of nine service games. I'm looking forward to it.

"It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed".

"So I think these two weeks have really showed me that I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams. Congrats again - it's awesome".

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