Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton Watch Serena Williams In Wimbledon Final

Serena Williams has had a remarkable rise up the rankings

Angelique Kerber reflects on her stunning 6-3 6-3 over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title.

After a title-laden 2016 - Kerber won both the United States and Australian Open - she finished the year as World No.1 but then proceeded to plunge through the rankings to No.21 in 2017 after failing to win a single tournament.

The 36-year-old, who last won a Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, went into the final as the title favourite, even though she was playing only the fourth tournament of her post-pregnancy comeback. In the process, Kerber denied Williams a 24th career Grand Slam title, which would have tied Margaret Court's all-time mark.

Serena Williams gave birth 10 months ago before the Wimbledon final.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams had a message for mothers after her loss at Wimbledon: "I was playing for you today". "You know I'm literally just getting started so you know I'm looking forward to it", she said. "It's obviously disappointing, but I can't be disappointed, you know, I have so much to look forward to".

The first thing Kerber said in her on-court interview after winning the title was to bow down to this incredible feat: "First I have to say Serena, you're a great person and a champion". That she has been one of the most consistent players on tour this year, making the quarterfinals or better in Melbourne, Indian Wells, Paris and Wimbledon, and returned to a top-10 ranking is a remarkable achievement and a testament to her mental strength, even if it has gone virtually unnoticed until now.

Andy Murray has plummeted down the ranks
Andy Murray has plummeted down the ranks

Kerber ended the set with two consecutive breaks to to take it 6-3, using the whole court to defend and counter-attack properly, hitting massively and with nearly no risk at all. To hear people say, 'Oh, she's a favorite.' Like, the last 16 months, I've played in four tournaments and was carrying another human half that time.

"She's transcended tennis", King said.

They've played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2. "She will want to win it really badly next year". Kerber now has three Grand Slams and looks good for double that statistic which means more dramatic memorable matches, scheduled by the dozen.

It helped, of course, that Williams was far from her best. 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.

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.

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