Serena Williams, 34, defeated Angelique Kerber, 7-5 to 6-3, at the Wimbledon final on July 9, 2016, that even with the windy conditions at Wimbledon Williams crushed her rival. CNN News also reported that Kerber beat Williams in Melbourne in January 2015.
Williams stated, that she had many sleepless nights because of her loss at the U.S. Open. She said that she came in with a different mindset since Kerber defeated her in Melbourne. She also stated, she knew she needed to stay calm and confident. She needed to play tennis the way she always had for more than a decade.
The tennis star found herself emotional after she was defeated by Garbine Muguraza in June of 2016. Williams said she needed to talk things through about how disappointed she was on losing the French Open and what she had to do better for Wimbledon. Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was quoted by Mail Online, that he soon knew she was feeling rejuvenated.
Williams reached a position in the game when there was one more point to win the game at 3-3 in the second. In tennis, they call this the “one break point.” She saved the game by serving the ball to her opponent Kerber, which was untouched. This action is called an ace.
Kerber stated she was disappointed but she knew she played a good final. Kerber is reported to have 12 wins and nine unforced errors, which is double faulting on serves that novice players are known to make plenty of.
I lost against a really strong Serena today. I know that she won the match, not that I lost the match, because she played very well.
Kerber and Williams’ fellow tennis competitor, Germany’s Steffi Graf, has a running total of 22 majors under her belt, which is known to be the most in the Open era of professional tennis. Everyone will certainly be talking about Williams attempting to obtain Margaret Court’s 24 grand slams, which would be the world record of all time. Court was at the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
Williams struggled in the 18th major when she tied with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. She only wanted to focus on the here and now, rather than what the next step was going to be. She has said she wants to enjoy the moment.
According to “The Telegraph,” Williams will lose about $380,000 due to the Brexit and the value of the pound falling after the decision of the U.K. to leave the E.U. It was said that Williams also lost an estimated $67,000 in prize money when she played in the women’s double crown with her sister Venus Williams.
Williams’ Grand Slams
Wimbledon: 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016
US Open: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014
French Open: 2002, 2013, 2015
Australian Open: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015
At the age of 34, in the Open era, Williams is the oldest woman to win a major title. She has been the oldest female since her return to the summit in February 2013. Her grand slams tally, since she has turned 30, is now at nine. The tennis star acknowledges that the usual tennis player retires between their late-20s or early 30s, and says that technology has done a lot to skirt the issue. There are not as many injuries she says, as there had been in earlier days.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN News: Serena Williams wins Wimbledon
The Telegraph: Serena Williams just lost out on $380,000 because of Brexit
Mail Online: Serena Williams for more glory after winning seventh Wimbledon title
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