Serena Williams pays tribute to mums as she loses Wimbledon final

Serena Williams pays tribute to mums as she loses Wimbledon final

Serena Williams pays tribute to mums as she loses Wimbledon final

Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts after winning against USA player Serena Williams during their women's singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon.

She prevented Williams from claiming an eighth title at Wimbledon and 24th from all Grand Slam tournaments, which would have equalled Margaret Court's record.

Kerber won her first championship at the All England Club and third major overall by playing cleanly as can be and picking her spots for big shots, beating Williams 6-3 6-3.

She continued, her voice breaking a bit as the stands erupted in applause: "It's obviously disappointing, but I can't be disappointed".

The women's singles final will not start before 2 pm local time, 6:30 pm IST and 1 pm GMT. "I'm just me and that's all I can be", Serena said in response to a question about her being a Super-Mom.

Kerber won the first set 6-3. But, Kerber beat Williams earlier that year at the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old gave Williams a very different test to what had come before, with Kerber among the leading counter-punchers in the game.

It was two hours later than scheduled before the women's final got underway, but Williams was adamant the decision to play the men's match first wasn't disrespectful and didn't affect her performance. After another two months away, she played in the French Open in May, withdrawing in the fourth round with an injured pectoral muscle.

Kerber is the first German women's singles champion in more than 2 decades at Wimbledon (Steffi Graf 1996), her composed, confident game got her the result and should help propel her into the upcoming summer hard court season.

Case in point? The gracious and lovely speech she gave in the interview following her defeat, in which she kept her head held high and told moms watching, "I was playing for you today". She dropped just one set en route to her match with Serena.

The 2016 Australian Open champion got off to a brilliant start, immediately breaking her well-decorated United States opponent to take a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the match.

While former Hollywood starlet, Meghan, opted for a blue and white stripped silk shirt tucked into high-waisted white palazzo trousers by American designer Ralph Lauren, who she wore to Prince Louis's Christening earlier in the week. When she comes on Centre Court at Wimbledon, she has good memories.

"Angelique played really well", Williams said.

Serena Williams left it all on the court.

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