Life&Culture

Lost amid the Serena fairy-tale story ... the Kerber fairy-tale story

Lost amid the Serena fairy-tale story ... the Kerber fairy-tale story

German tennis player Angelique Kerber has taken her first Wimbledon title after ousting none other than 23-time Grand Slam holder Serena Williams of the United States of America in the final. However, at the end of the July 14 match, it was Angelique Kerber, 30, who walked away the champ, winning Wimbledon for the first time in her career with a score of 6-3, 6-3. Players who are capable of attack but are traditionally defensive-minded hold all the Grand Slams between them right now - Sloane Stephens is the reigning US Open champion, Caroline Wozniacki won Australian Open this year, Halep the French Open and Kerber clinched Wimbledon.

Far from being downhearted, though, Williams spoke afterwards of her desire to improve in time for the U.S. Open.

Kerber defeated Serena 6-3 6-3, making the 23-time Grand Slam victor wait until the US Open to compete for her record-equalling 24 Grand Slam titles. Even as she stormed through the early rounds, dropping only one set all tournament and beating three players in the top 18 before facing Williams, Kerber's was not the name on anyone's lips.

Germany's Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams of the US hold their trophies after Kerber won the women's singles final.

"From the first point to the last point, she played unbelievable today", Williams said of Kerber.

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 that I have to sleep a few nights and see my trophy and then maybe I can realise that I won this moment". She declined to do the victory lap that runner ups generally participate in, left the second-place dish on the chair, and gave an emotional interview afterwards.

Williams was gunning for her eighth title at the All England Club but Kerber dominated the match to flip the tables following the result during the pair's previous showdown.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says socialism only 'part of what I am'
Soon afterward, Cardillo admitted flubbing Ocasio-Cortez's alma mater but added, "that said, you're not a girl from the Bronx ". At the same time, Duckworth said she believed if candidates "go too far to the left", they would lose in the Midwest.


Williams struck back in the fourth game to level up at before rocketing down the fastest serve of the tournament, a 201kph ace, to hit the front for the first - and only - time.

Kerber played as cleanly as can be, covering the court well and picking her spots for big shots as she cruised through the first set.

Now she's dropped another.

"I tried but Angelique played really well".

"She was playing very different to me, a lot of slice and playing strong off the forehand and having a good serve", Kerber told reporters.

That group included Tiger Woods, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and - in the front row of the Royal Box - the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.


loading...