Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates after winning against US player Serena Williams during their women’s singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2018.
Kerber won the match 6-3, 6-3. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nic BOTHMA /
Agelique Kerber of Germany defeated Serena Williams 6/3; 6/3 to win the Ladies title in a match delayed by the completion of the men’s semi-final in which Novak Djokovic outlasted Rafael Nadal, 6/4; 3/6; 7/6 (9); 4/6; 10/8.
Serena opened serving and took the first two points. She dropped the third and netted a backhand for 30-all.
Facing a break point, the American battled in a long rally of 18 shots but lost the game.
Kerber dropped one point to hold but Serena held at love to reduce the tally proceeded to level two games apiece.
At game point in the fifth game. Serena delivered a blistering 125mph serve to take the lead but Kerber held at love to take the sixth game.
In the crucial seventh game, Serena made two double faults to concede and her opponent breezed to a 5-3 lead.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion could not hold her serve and Kerber took the first set 6-3.
The first three games of the second set went with serve but Serena struggled to hold the fourth. Kerber won the fifth game after being taken to deuce.
Serena lost her service to give a 4-2 lead to the German lady who quickly held serve for 5-2.
Although Serena won the eighth game with a deftly placed drop shot, Kerber was steely in taking the ninth game for the set and match, after 65 minutes.
Djokovic was ahead two sets to one when play was suspended the previous day in compliance with Local Council curfew.
On resumption, Nadal’s opening serve lasted 13 minutes before he held. He broke Djokovic for 3-0 but the favour was returned as games reached three-all.
The crucial break came on Djokovic’s serve in the eighth game and Nadal won the set 6-3.