Kerber Stops Serena Williams for 1st Wimbledon Title
by Staff | July 14th, 2018, 11:22 pm

Now only the French Open stands between Angie Kerber and a career Grand Slam.
On Saturday the German stopped Serena Williams from tying the Grand Slam record in only her second Slam back after the birth of her first child, beating the American 6-3, 6-3.

“I was quite nervous before the match,” Kerber said. “But I was trying to told myself, go out there and play your best match, because I know that against Serena I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments. At the end I was quite starting to being quite nervous. I knew that I had to take my first chance because you never know with her. She is fighting until the last one.”

It was a replay of the Wimbledon final two years ago when Williams won, but the American was unable to overcome Kerber to win a 24th Grand Slam title which would have tied Margaret Court’s record.

Kerber improved to 3-1 in Slam finals and 2-1 in her last three matches with Williams, all in Slam finals.

“Playing finals against Serena, you know that she is playing her best tennis,” Kerber said. “That’s the matches that she loves. Especially on the center courts. I was trying to not thinking too much that I playing against Serena. I was trying to staying on my side of the court. Staying little bit cool, being not too much emotion.”

At 3-3 in the first Kerber broke Williams twice in a row, and in the second set muted the famed power of the American to close out the match.

“It was a great opportunity for me,” the 36-year-old Williams said. “You know, I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road kind of. So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, ‘Okay, I can compete.’ Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can, you know, come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.

I just feel like [Kerber] just did a lot of different shots today. It wasn’t just one shot. It was lots and lots and lots of different shots. I just know going next time, I’ll just be ready for that. I feel like I have a ways to go. This is literally just the beginning, literally just the beginning. It’s good to just continue that path and just continue to keep going for me.”

The German hit 11 winners to just five unforced errors over two sets, compared to Williams who was -1 in winners to unforced errors (23/24).

Kerber will rise to No. 4 on the WTA rankings and No. 2 in the 2018-only point standings. She is 2-0 in 2018 finals, also winning at Sydney. Williams is projected to move into the Top 20 after starting the year in March with no ranking.

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9 Comments for Kerber Stops Serena Williams for 1st Wimbledon Title

Madmax Says:

I’m so happy for Kerber winning her first slam.

Not a great match, but she beat Serena and it was the right result.

ChrisFord1 Says:

Might not be her 1st Slam, Madmax, just sayin’.

With Serena’s dominance and Serena the only thing much of US and “exotic-enamored” European media covers, aside from glamor puss Maria?
It is tough to remember the names of other women that now and then win WTA titles

SG1 Says:

Kerber played really well in the final. Her serve looked a little wonky in the last game when she was serving out the match but other than that, she was money.

We’ve seen Serena play matches like this before she was prego. The loss to Stosur in the USO Final. The loss to Vinci in the semi-final of the USO. Her slam final’s record is pretty jaw-dropping at 23-7 but every once in a while, she drops a dud in a slam. Even when she does win her finals, it usually starts off good for her, then it goes off the rails for a while, then she pulls it back together in the 3rd set. I’m not entirely convinced that her loss is due to lack of matches.

SG1 Says:

I just don’t think her game has a lot of margin for error. When she gets tight, stuff can happen.

BBB Says:

The common denominator in most of Serena’s major final losses is pressure she puts on herself. The Stosur USO was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. 9/11 was painted on the court and I remember thinking “I wonder if Serena is going to feel like she needs to win this.”

Other losses related to getting past Martina et al’s major totals.

She played poorly in her first Wimbledon match and admitted it was because she decided she was doing this for working mothers. Between that and the itch to get to 24, I think her legs just wouldn’t move.

That takes nothing away from Angie, who has gotten her twice by playing as well as she needed to. That’s not nothing.

SG1 Says:

When opponents play Serena in pressure situations e.g. slam finals, record breaking situations etc., the goal has to be to keep getting the ball back until Serena misses and also, make Serena move. You obviously have to be good enough to do that. Kerber definitely is. She is full value for her 3 slams and she’s a hall of famer (in my mind anyway).

SG1 Says:

Between the ears and perhaps even on the court, I’ve always held Steffi Graf in higher regard than Serena. Steffi played much tougher competition and did things in her teens that are otherworldly when the likes of Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Gabriela Sabatini and Hana Mandlikova were around. Not to mention the rivalry (…albeit much too short) with Monica Seles.

Serena’s 23 slams are an incredible achievement. I just put more worth in Steffi’s 22.

Margot Says: SG1 thought you might be interested in this article. In it Wim Fissettte, Angie’s newish coach, talks about how to play Serena.

SG1 Says:

Thanks Margot. Wim definitely seems to have some insight that he shares with his players on how to get to Serena.

But, truth be told, none of today’s players can beat Serena when she’s on. I think that behind closed doors, even Wim would admit that.

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