The first women's final between two players in their 30s since 1977 missed its traditional 2pm start time because the men's singles semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had run over from the night before.
Earlier this month, Williams revealed she "cried" when she missed her daughter's first steps. "And I tried", said Williams, 36, just 10 months after a hard childbirth that was followed by grave medical complications. To hear people say, 'Oh, she's a favorite.' Like, the last 16 months, I've played in four tournaments and was carrying another human half that time.
Kerber defeated Williams to win the Australian Open in 2016 and then, after losing here, lifted the trophy at the US Open.
Emotional after clinching her third Slam, the German bounded up into the players' box to embrace her family and coaching team.
"I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest".
Despite the defeat, Williams though will take great pride from such performance in 10-months time after returning from a career threatening complications following the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia. That she can will her body and mind to raise her level a notch higher than that of her opponent's.
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The 36-year-old, unbeaten at the All England Club since 2014, had begun to look unstoppable during the fortnight and had dropped only one set in reaching her 10th Wimbledon final. She absorbed the power and blasted balls back in kind.
"I'm sure you'll have your next grand slam title soon, congrats on you coming back", Kerber said.
Kerber defeatedWilliams 6-3, 6-3, to win the tournament. But, rather than pull away, she became tentative again, dumping volleys in the net and unable to match the consistency of Kerber.
Following her defeat, husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian posted a photo tribute to his wife. All she could do was smile. And while she hit far fewer winners than Williams (11 to 23), Kerber was precise, committing just five unforced errors in the 110-point match. Anderson played for more than 6 1/2 hours Friday before getting past John Isner in a 26-24 fifth set; it's the second-longest match in Grand Slam history. I'm looking forward to it.
Yet, there she was, in the middle of the Centre Court, clad in white, fighting back bittersweet tears, telling the world that she has so much to look forward to, that she's "just getting started".