Angelique Kerber crushes Serena Williams to win maiden Wimbledon

Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon title. In a repeat of the 2016 final, the German star made light work of Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion.

Kerber took the first set 6-3 after breaking Williams in her first serve. Thereafter, it was easy work for Kerber, who is ranked 10th in the world.

The first set lasted 32 minutes while the second set got over in 35 minutes.

It was in stark contrast to the two men’s semifinals. While the one between Kevin Anderson and John Isner was the longest Wimbledon semifinal, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played out the second-longest semifinal in history.

Before the final, all eyes were on Williams, who was looking to reclaim her Wimbledon title 10 months after a complicated childbirth.

However, Kerber dashed the hopes of the 36-year-old American. An eighth, and arguably most impressive, All England Club singles crown would have seen Williams match Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

Williams, seeded 25th after her maternity break, would not have been the first player to take time off to have a baby and return to win Wimbledon.

Australian Evonne Goolagong beat American Chris Evert in 1980 to it for the only time.

(With Reuters inputs)

Updated: July 14, 2018 — 9:50 pm