Two years after losing her first Wimbledon final to the hands of Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber turned things around, as she defeated the American 6-3, 6-3 to claim her first crown at The Championships.
In the final, the German played a nearly flawless match to deny Williams a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. In fact, to defeat a Serena almost in top form at her second Major back from maternity leave, Kerber needed to be focused and almost perfect.
And she was just that.
Composed, serving her best, aggressive in every aspect of her game, the 30-year-old played the best tennis we have seen from her since her conquest of the U.S. Open, in 2016.
“To be honest, I was quite nervous before the match, but I told myself, ‘Just go out there and play your best match’, because I know that against Serena, I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments”, said the champion. “I was trying just being aggressive, and going forward when I had the chance, because I know that she serves well and that I had to move good, move her as well. At the end, I was starting to be quite nervous and I knew that I had to take my first chance because you never know with her; she’s fighting until the last point.”
A childhood dream come true for Kerber
“I cannot describe this feeling. When I was a kid, I was always dreaming of this moment. To win Wimbledon is something really special in my career.”
– Angelique Kerber
After the last point was completed, Angelique Kerber collapsed on the court, in tears. Beyond happy, she could not stop crying for a long time, even when she and Serena embraced on the court (probably the most beautiful moment of the tournament).
She had become the first German since her idol, Steffi Graf, to win the Wimbledon title. A long, long 22 years for Germany to shine again on the All England grass.
After the difficulties she went through, last year, it was a great return to the top of her game.
“Especially after 2017, nobody expected me to be back so strong, to win my third Grand Slam, and to win Wimbledon, which has always been my dream. I think that two weeks ago, nobody expected that I can go that far”, declared Kerber.
Perfect way to make a point, thanks to her hard work and her coach, Wim Fissette.