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Kerber stuns Serenas history bid in Wimbledon final

Kerber stuns Serenas history bid in Wimbledon final

When Serena Williams was lying on a hospital operating table in the agonising hours after her daughter's birth past year, it was hard for the American icon to think about picking up a racquet again - let alone returning to the Wimbledon final. No, Williams won't yet be going home with her 24th Grand Slam title to tie the record Margaret Court has held since 1973.

Serena Williams of the US returns a ball to Angelique Kerber of Germany during the women's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, July 14, 2018.

Serena Williams vowed to use the pain of her shock Wimbledon final defeat against Angelique Kerber to fuel her bid for future Grand Slam glory.

"It's obviously disappointing, but I can not be disappointed". She still has to wear compression sleeves and tights while playing on the court.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If a match is 12-all in the fifth set, I don't think it needs to continue". She got past Germany's Görges without really breaking sweat and has enough energy to take on the next German in line.

Kerber though needs to serve better to make sure she doesn't gift easy points to her American opponent, who is staring at history. Williams returned to the tour in March, making limited appearances without much success.

"I look forward to it".

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Last year, the 36-year-old player took a break from competitive sport, announcing her pregnancy shortly after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open. I'm only just getting started. "To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried".

After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams. She beat Williams in the Australian Open final that year, then won that year's US Open to briefly replace her at No. 1 in the rankings.

"I was trying to play my best to play for you guys".

The match is the ladies final, and Williams will face off against Angelique Kerber.

She was bumped up to 25th seed courtesy of her seven titles at the All England Club - the most recent in 2016 - and more than justified that decision.

Her agony only increased with a woeful volley that flew long to put Kerber within two points of the title.