Serena Williams receives praise, adoration amid loss

Serena Williams receives praise, adoration amid loss

Serena Williams receives praise, adoration amid loss

Angelique Kerber ripped up the script when she stunned Serena Williams 6-3 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon title on Saturday (July 14).

Angelique Kerber has torn up the script to land her maiden Wimbledon crown and deny Serena Williams a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title. After all, it was only 10 months ago that she needed an emergency C-section while giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, and she also suffered blood clots and other serious complications afterwards. 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.

Following the landmark moment, she tweeted: "She took her first steps".

Williams was in go-mode after a rocky year of health scares. It's also her first so I know she'll enjoy it. Especially now that I have a daughter, I want to be around as long as I can to support her. Mommy has to do this.' I cried a little bit not as much as I thought I would.

The tennis? That's come quite naturally, not surprisingly.

It's possible it wasn't until the 30-year-old German was lying face-up on the perennial rye, her racket by her side and her hands gripping at the corners of her visor, tears sliding down her cheeks, that the focus turned exclusively to Kerber - a Wimbledon champion for the first time in her career.

Williams was on the ropes and lost the opening set when she rammed a backhand into the net to be broken again.

Unlike Duchess Kate with her signature blowout, Meghan has her hair pinned back in a loose bun, but otherwise they appear to have coordinated their looks nicely.

Next was a first-round loss at Miami.

"It was definitely a different game [than I've seen this tournament], but at times she hit the ball really hard".

The Duchess of Sussex and the tennis champion have been friends for years, having been photographed together at several events in the US.

"I had a baby around the same time as Serena and barely managed the mums' race at sports day last week." wrote Lucky Soul. Williams missed the tournament previous year while pregnant.

Williams rested some after that, not practicing serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents - or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter - until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut.

Kerber is a former No. 1 who has won two major trophies.

Before Saturday, Serena Williams had addressed the crowd after contesting a Grand Slam final 29 times in her career - 23 times as the victor, six as runner-up.

After Williams held serve, all eyes were on Kerber, including those of British royalty.

In a noted essay on women's tennis, written in 1988, the year of Angelique Kerber's birth, the novelist Martin Amis reckoned Steffi Graf was "something unbelievable on the tennis court, a miracle of speed, balance and intense athleticism".

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