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- Author: Michelle Webb Jul 16, 2018,
Jul 16, 2018, 2:08
Just 10-and-a-half months since giving birth to her first child, Williams did the unthinkable and stormed her way to the final of the grass-court Grand Slam.
"I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament", Kerber, who will rise back to world number four, told reporters.
Williams admitted this time may be more hard, not least because she gave birth just 10 months ago, and has spoken about the tough delivery, which left her in hospital for six weeks.
"It's obviously disappointing but I am just getting started", said an emotional Williams after losing in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2008.
"I look forward to it".
Angelique Kerber's Wimbledon draw offers some insight - the players she beat, players like Belinda Bencic, Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina, have the game and toughness to be multiple Grand Slam champions in the future and when they beat the top-five of today, the odds of a bright future outweigh the short-sighted assumption that it was a one-match wonder.
After the match, the 36-year-old said: "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, I tried".
Tennis is a game of match-ups they say, and Kerber's counter-punching ways lend itself to some of the most interesting, dramatic matches. I think I'm the next one after Steffi who won.
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Williams was controversially seeded 25th, due to her history with the tournament as a multiple champion, and made a strong run without facing a fellow seed until the penultimate round.
She had not faced anyone with the pedigree of the German though and was outmanoeuvred in the first set as Kerber's dogged defence forced too many errors.
"She was going out there having her mind only on the court and playing every single match her best tennis".
Meghan last watched her friend in 2016, and may have sat on the same court as her future sister-in-law, as Catherine and William also attended that year. "Two weeks ago, nobody expected I can go so far". "It's good to just continue that path".
After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.
"I'm sure you'll win your next Grand Slam soon so congratulations for coming back".
Williams' play was tight right from the outset.
Perhaps it is her Polish heritage - her grandparents live in Puszczykowo and she owns a place there - that gives Kerber that feeling, that to fully enjoy the highs you must first experience the lows.
As the women ranked above her toppled like dominoes in the Wimbledon wind, the story became their defeat instead of the fact that Kerber was plowing through the draw.