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Wimbledon 2018: Women's Final Winner, Score and Twitter Reaction

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2018

US player Serena Williams prepares to serve against Germany's Angelique Kerber during their women's singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Angelique Kerber won her maiden Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam on Saturday, beating Serena Williams in two short sets at the All England Club in London.

The German former world No. 1 used fantastic defence to beat Williams 6-3, 6-3. The American was never able to take the upper hand in the rallies and made too many mistakes in crucial moments.

Kerber started the first set on fire, breaking Williams' serve in the first game and holding for a 2-0 lead. The German appeared determined to drag out the rallies as much as possible, and it got Williams in all kinds of early trouble.

The 36-year-old made quick adjustments, limiting her errors from the baseline and overpowering Kerber to tie things.

As shared by SI Tennis, one enormous ace stood out:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

SERENA WITH THE HEAT! After falling down an early break, Serena breaks Kerber to get back on serve, then punctuates an easy hold with a 125 mph bomb right down the T. The 23-time Grand Slam champion leads 3-2 https://t.co/6jxhdag8aD

But while Williams' powerful attack was a huge weapon, so was Kerber's defence. The 30-year-old played with remarkable patience, covering tons of ground and keeping her older opponent moving.

It resulted in a second break in the seventh game, and with a good hold, she moved within one of the set win.

Tennis writer Ben Rothenberg was impressed with how she kept Williams on her toes:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Kerber holds for 5-3 in the first set. She's putting Serena in uncomfortable positions on court like no other player Serena has faced so far this year. #Wimbledon

One game later, the set was over after yet another break. SI Now's Jon Wertheim wasn't ready to write off the veteran, but he didn't like her chances:

Jon Wertheim @jon_wertheim

Discount Serena at your peril...but a sense that SW is finally confronting the weight of the occasion. Down 3-6.

The two traded holds of serve to start the second set, and Williams' movement was a little better than it was in the first set, with Kerber forced to run all over the court.

But there were still too many errors and inconsistencies, perhaps best highlighted when she missed a routine smash at the net. And as the set wore on, fatigue started to set in, with Kerber's momentum increasing.

Williams' resolve finally wilted in the sixth game, when Kerber found the break she had been looking for with some clean winners. Tennis writer Jose Morgado was in awe:

José Morgado @josemorgado

Brutal from Kerber. 6-3, 4-2.

A quick hold later, Kerber was a game away from her first Wimbledon title, and while Williams fended off the end on serve, she couldn't find a break herself.

Making it to the final just months after her return to tennis is still a remarkable achievement for Williams, but she was decisively beaten on Saturday. 

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