Angelique Kerber shattered Serena Williams’ bid for Grand Slam history with a stunning 6-3, 6-3 victory in Saturday’s final.
Kerber, the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 22 years, avenged her defeat against Williams in the 2016 Wimbledon title match, overwhelming the seven-time champion with a shock 65-minute upset on Centre Court.
“I knew I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena,” Kerber said.
“It was my second chance to play in the final. I think I’m the next one after Steffi who won. That’s amazing.”
Williams, 36, had hoped to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles by winning her first major prize since becoming a mother in September.
But despite going into the final as the title favourite, world number 10 Kerber sprang a huge surprise to become Germany’s first female champion at the All England Club since the legendary Steffi Graf in 1996.
“It’s obviously disappointing but I am just getting started,” said an emotional Williams after losing in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2008.
“For all you mums out there I was playing for you. I really tried.”
Serena was cheered on by her friend the Duchess of Sussex, golf legend Tiger Woods and Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton, but she was to be denied the crowning glory of her return to the top by winning Wimbledon with Olympia by her side.
Kerber had endured a significant slump last year after wining her previous major titles at the Australian and US Opens in 2016.
But, back to her best on the grass at Wimbledon, she needed only 11 winners and one ace to deny a rather nervous Serena, who contributed to her own downfall with a whopping 24 unforced errors.