Angelique Kerber’s dream comes true after maiden Wimbledon crown

Angelique Keber stunned seven-time champions Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 in the final on Saturday to claim her maiden Wimbledon title.

Kerber has become the first German women’s singles champion at Wimbledon in 22 years. The last German to do so was Steffi Graf in 1996.

The 30-year-old was delighted after her win as she dubbed the victory as “dream come true.”

It’s just a dream come true,” said Kerber after beating Serena.

“First I have to say Serena, youre a great person and a champion. Coming back, youre such an inspiration for everyone. Im sure you will have your next grand slam title soon, so congrats for coming back.”

“I knew I had to play my best tennis against Serena. I was trying to play my best tennis and its my second chance [in the final]. I am the next German after Steffi Graf to win, its amazing,” added Kerber.

It is the third Grand Slam title of Kerber’s career, adding to her Australian and U.S. Open triumphs in 2016.

She prevented Williams from claiming an eighth title at Wimbledon and 24th from all Grand Slam tournaments, which would have equaled Margaret Court’s record.

Angelique Kerber crushes Serena Williams to win maiden Wimbledon

Williams gave birth only 10 months ago, then was treated for blood clots. She wore special compression leggings as a precaution during Wimbledon, just the fourth tournament of her comeback.

After all the time away, Williams spoke about being impressed with herself for just reaching the final. She also wanted to win, of course.

“It was such an amazing tournament for me,” said Williams. “I was really happy to get this far. Its obviously disappointing but I cant be disappointed. Im literally just getting started.”

“For all the mums out there, I was playing for you today, I tried. Angelique played out of her mind. Shes an incredible person and a really good friend so Im really happy for her.”

Kerber made only five unforced errors the entire match, 19 fewer than Williams. Perhaps more impressive was this: She broke Williams in 4 of 9 service games.

The 30-year-old German lost to Williams in the 2016 Wimbledon final. She beat Williams in the Australian Open final that year, then won that year’s U.S. Open to briefly replace her at No. 1 in the rankings.

Williams, who was favourite to win the match, struggled right from the beginning.

After taking the opening two points, she made four miscues in a row to get broken. That was part of a run in which she dropped 8 of 9 points. The American was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final’s initial six unforced errors. By the time the first set was over, the disparity was 14-3.

That’s not going to work against an opponent of Kerber’s quality.

Trying to sneak a ball by Kerber is something akin to trying to put one past a brick wall. There are no holes.

The left-hander scurried along the baseline, this way and that, using a combination of quickness and anticipation to track down what often appeared to be winners for Williams but were not enough to end a point. Kerber would bend real low, even putting a knee right on the grass to get a ball back.

And when she swung her racket, the measure was almost always true.

That’s not to say Kerber is only about defending. She has added a more aggressive element to her game in recent years. That was on display Saturday when she delivered a pair of down-the-line forehand passing winners to collect the last break she’d need, for a 4-2 edge in the second set.

Soon enough, she was down on the grass, celebrating the moment and caking dirt on her white dress.

(With AP inputs)

Updated: July 14, 2018 — 11:30 pm