Serena Williams Reacts to Wimbledon Loss

Lynette Rowe
July 19, 2018

A performance for the ages.

If you look at the longest rally count column for the women on the Wimbledon website, the first few results have one line occurring multiple times - "Kerber wins the point". But for the majority of this fortnight, most of us missed it.

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Angelique Kerber became the first German player since Steffi Graf in 1996 to lift the Wimbledon title, beating seven-times victor Serena Williams 6-3 6-3.

And after losing a Wimbledon final for the first time in a decade, Williams struggled to hold back tears during her on-court interview, and said of her graciousness in defeat: "I'm just better at acting now, I guess".

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"It is a great statement [Williams] is giving all moms, that you can get back to [being] even a very elite athlete", said former pro Mary Joe Fernandez, a mother of two who has coached Serena and her sister Venus in Fed Cup competition and now serves as an ESPN analyst. When the interviewer referred to her as a supermom, Williams replied that she was "just me".

Serena Williams says finishing as runner-up at Wimbledon, 10 months after having her first child, was "just the beginning".

They played for six hours 35 minutes before Anderson triumphed 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24. From getting real about the severe complications she faced after childbirth to shutting down body-shamers, she has proven time and time again to be the role model we need. Her ability to retrieve a huge number of balls would put the focus on her opponent's footwork and physical resilience.

Angelique Kerber raced into her maiden Wimbledon title, leaving Serena Williams still waiting to match Margaret Court's grand slam singles record, with a 6-3, 6-3, straight sets victory at the centre court on Saturday. He had surgery on his right elbow in February and has looked more like himself during these two weeks. Over the course of 2016, the powerful lefty won two majors and played in the final of another, and rose to No. 1 in the world.

Williams played unseeded at the French Open in Paris this May, eventually pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament in the fourth round due to an injury. Get that desire back? As for Williams, she believes her showing at Wimbledon shows she'll be able to compete in grand slams in the future, and the 36-year-old has plans to continue to do just that. Fissette has no doubt there are more titles to come. "I want to work for the future, things that I want to do, try and execute that". "And after the second round she decided that, 'With this tennis, I'm not going to win". She also wanted to win, of course. "But give Angelique Kerber all the credit in the world". 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.

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