Serena Williams fights back the tears after Wimbledon final defeat

Serena Williams fights back the tears after Wimbledon final defeat

She stood slowly and applauded when Williams lost in straight sets to Germany's Angelique Kerber.

"It's obviously disappointing, but I can not be disappointed". Kerber now has three Grand Slams and looks good for double that statistic which means more dramatic memorable matches, scheduled by the dozen. She wore special compression leggings as a precaution during Wimbledon, just the fourth tournament of her comeback. Williams returned to the tour in March, making limited appearances without much success. That was on display on Saturday (Sunday NZT) when she delivered a pair of down-the-line forehand passing winners to collect the last break she'd need, for a 4-2 edge in the second set.

Once you do that, you've got a chance, but she wins points so quickly: serve and next shot or else just a straight return victor.

Kerber said of her win: "It's just a dream come true".

"For all the mums out there I was playing for you today", Williams said.

Urged on by husband Alexis Ohanian and her celebrity supporters, Williams upped her aggression and noise level, almost taking out her opponent with a thunderous drive volley in the third game of the second set. 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.

Kim Clijsters, the 2005 U.S. Open champion, came out of retirement to win the title twice more as a mother, in 2009 and 2010. Williams was playing against a lot of them, including time and nature.

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After taking the opening two points, Wiliiams made four miscues in a row to get broken.

Now she's dropped another. The American was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final's initial six unforced errors. But it's weird, I set my schedule so I have time.

Winning Wimbledon with Olympia at the tournament with her was supposed to be the crowning glory of her return to the top. "Sometimes we expect so much from Serena because she has delivered so much in the past".

"I see a champion", Kerber said, "that's for sure".

The women's final was delayed roughly two hours so world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and former No. 1 Novak Djokovic could complete their semifinal, which was halted the previous day at 11 p.m.in compliance with the tournament's curfew.

The 36-year-old tennis player emotionally spoke out during an interview in front of the crowd, which included friend Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Golf legend, Tiger Woods, Racing driver Lewis Hamilton and fashion maven Anna Wintour were also in Williams' box for championship day.

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