Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win maiden Wimbledon title

Angelique Kerber

In a spectacular show of game, German Angelique Kerber beat seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title and spoil the American's dream.

Kerber gave a wry smile when asked about the prospect given her previous struggles on the Paris clay, but Belgian coach Wim Fissette believes her run to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month and a three-set loss to eventual champion Simona Halep should provide plenty of hope for the future.

The final started more than two hours late, because they had to wait for the end of Novak Djokovic's five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in a men's semifinal that was suspended the night before.

The German won her third Grand Slam title with a straight sets victory.

"I knew I had to play my best against a champion like Serena - it is always an honour to share a court with her".

She affixed the badge to her white T-shirt and laughed as she proudly played with it at the start of her news conference. Congratulations, @angie.kerber. @serenawilliams will be holding a trophy again soon-she's got the greatest one waiting at home for her.

Her exploits in reaching yet another final at the All England Club virtually defies belief.

It is fair to say that Kerber was a step up in competition and it showed in her performance in a final. She played unbelievable today.

Kerber made only five unforced errors the entire match, 19 fewer than Williams.

Kerber lost the 2016 Wimbledon final to Williams but never gave the American any encouragement on Saturday, piling pressure on with her remarkable retrieval skills but also hitting 11 winners and facing just one break point.

Her return to success on the grandest stage not only makes Kerber one of the biggest names on tour, but also inserts her into conversations about generational greats. Williams stepped up the ferocity, nearly taking Kerber's head off with a return at one stage, but was too error prone for the German, who made her play that extra ball.

"I think I would be very ungrateful if I sat here and said the seeding was too low, to be honest", said Williams. Two weeks ago, nobody expected I can go so far. "I'm literally just getting started, so I look forward to it", she added. "It's something I'm very proud of against the best player in the world". And while the tennis superstar conceded that it "was obviously disappointing" to lose, she revealed that she "can't be disappointed".

"I think that I tried to enjoy every single moment now".

"I'm not superhuman, I'm just me".

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