Kerber holds off Williams for first Wimbledon crown

Angelique Kerber took control early and cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Serena Williams for her first Wimbledon title on Saturday at the All England Club.

It’s the third Grand Slam title for Kerber. Williams was going for her 24th, would have tied Margaret Court’s all-time record.

“I knew that I have to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena,” Kerber said. “It’s always an honor to share the court with her. I was trying to play my best to play for you guys.”

In a rematch of the 2016 final, which Serena won 7-5, 6-3, the 11th-seeded German needed 31 minutes to win the first set — breaking Williams three times.

The two traded games in the second set until Kerber broke Williams in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead. Williams held on her next service to stay alive at 5-3, but Kerber continued her stellar service play and served out for the win.

Williams was playing in just her fourth tournament since sitting out a year because of her pregnancy.

“It was such an amazing tournament for me,” Williams said afterward. “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing but I have nothing to be disappointed about. I’m just getting started.”

“I’m just me and that’s all I can be,” she added. “To all the moms out there, I was playing for you and I tried my best. Angelique played out of this world. She’s an incredible person and I know she’s going to enjoy this moment.”

Williams, the No. 25 seed, lost to Kerber for just the third time in nine meetings.

Williams and Kerber, who have both formerly held the world No. 1 ranking, last faced each other in that 2016 Wimbledon final. Kerber’s last win in over Williams before Saturday was in the 2016 Australian Open final, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Williams was seeking her eighth Wimbledon title and despite the loss, she is still 92-11 lifetime there.

–Field Level Media