In her first Wimbledon since having a baby in 2017, Serena Williams was unable to defeat Angelique Kerber, who was the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graff in 1996.
“It was such an amazing tournament for me,” said Williams “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.” Williams showed signs of rust as she finished with 24 unforced errors, struggled at the net, and failed to dominate with the precise strikes that we all know she possesses. “I didn’t know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back,” she said. “It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road, kind of. So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, O.K., I can compete.”
Kerber will be ranked 4 in the world Monday after defeating Serena. She also won the United States Open in 2016, and owns titles at three of the four Grand Slam events, lacking only the French Open.