Germany's Angelique Kerber captured her third career Grand Slam and maiden Wimbledon title 6-3 6-3 against the legendary Serena Williams on Saturday. I look forward to continuing to being back out here and doing what I do best'. The second set was not much better as she made a series of freaky misses, including a drive volley in the final game.
That's not to say Kerber is only about defending.
Her presence in the final of a Grand Slam in just her 14th match since that traumatic experience has convinced Serena she can catch Court and even break her record in the future. As it is, Williams has the mark for the most majors in the professional era; she moved one head of Steffi Graf by winning the 2017 Australian Open.
"This is not inevitable for me", Serena Williams said, alluding to the serious postpartum health problems she faced after giving birth.
Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to USA player Serena Williams during their women's singles final match on the day 12 of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, July 14, 2018.
"For all the mums out there I was playing for you today", Williams said. Kerber rebounded from that 2016 Wimbledon loss to win the US Open two months later.
Williams is attempting to win her 24th Grand slam title, which would tie her with Margaret Court who dominated in the 1960's and early 70's. Save for her match against Camilia Giorgi, Serena dispatched all her opponents - Arantza Rus, Viktoriya Tomova, Kristina Madenovic, Evgeniya Rodina, and Julia Gorges - in just two sets. She added that Meghan had come to cheer her on at Wimbledon before.
She's just getting started. It was as if the capacity Centre Court crowd expected Williams to smash a few more 125 miles per hour aces, which she did to close out the fifth game of the first set, turn her fate 180 degrees and accomplish something no other top-25 seed was able to do against Kerber this fortnight: stop her.
The German claimed the first match point by tagging the baseline twice and, as Serena missed the final return, she could weep tears of joy and embrace her family and team. You're such an inspiration for all of us and I'm sure you will have your next grand slam title soon. She wore special compression leggings as a precaution during Wimbledon, just the fourth tournament of her comeback. The American was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final's initial six unforced errors.
Although the second Saturday is now ladies' final day, centre court ticket holders, and the royal box watchers, will have the small matter of the men's semi-finals to watch before the ladies can get under way.
Now she's dropped another.