Serena Williams dedicates Wimbledon performance to ‘all the mothers’

Angelique Kerber was not about to be overwhelmed by the setting or the stakes in this Wimbledon final. But for the majority of this fortnight, most of us missed it.

Revealing that she had had to have an operation just days after the youngster had been born, the Reddit co-founder admitted he thought the star could've died.

Williams had been favoured to draw level on Saturday but, despite turning 37 in September and suffering only her third defeat in 10 finals at The All England Club, the former world No.1 maintains more majors are still to come.

Kerber stuns Serena to win maiden Wimbledon title "I like to tell all moms that I had such a long struggle to come back, and that it was really hard", she pointed out.

Kerber was the first since Steffi Graf Wimbledon champion from Germany.

Hinting that fans could expect Serena to return to the court in the near future, Alexis insisted that she was "just getting started".

Serena Williams climbed 153 spots in the WTA rankings after her runner-up finish at Wimbledon, putting her back in the top 30. "I feel she knows herself a bit better - what she needs to play her best tennis, what she needs to feel well throughout the tournament".

Williams tried everything to get back into the match but her afternoon was rather summed up by the drive volley she placed over the baseline in the final game after a stunning rally.

Before her breakthrough at the 2016 Australian Open, she had played 31 Slams with runs to the semi-finals at the 2011 US Open and 2012 Wimbledon representing her best performances. Her ability to retrieve a huge number of balls would put the focus on her opponent's footwork and physical resilience.

Cape Town - Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to win her first ever Wimbledon title. But, to be fair, Angelique had similar success on her path towards the final.

Williams played unseeded at the French Open in Paris this May, eventually pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament in the fourth round due to an injury.

Even Kerber seemed to be a super-fan, as she was effusive in her praise of Williams after the match.

"She's more confident right now", Fissette said. "I learned a lot from a year ago, with all the expectations, all the things I go through". Because I learnt so much from myself, like a person, improving my tennis, improving me as a tennis player, and I think that is just the process. I told her, 'Look, I'm going to stop. But, yeah, I just have to add it to the list. To make again such a year is impossible. "I can say that I am for sure a better tennis player than then".

And as she left Wimbledon for another year, carrying off the finalists reward instead of an eighth Wimbledon winner's trophy, she did so by sending a message to other mothers in the world.

  • Julie Sanders