Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Serena Williams loses 2018 Wimbledon finals

Serena Williams loses 2018 Wimbledon finals

"I'm still sure that we haven't seen the best Angie", said her coach, Wim Fissette. "Keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

A host of celebrities were out in force at Wimbledon to witness Serena Williams' quest to equal the Grand Slam wins record set by Australian Margaret Court. After all, it was only 10 months ago that she needed an emergency C-section while giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, and she also suffered blood clots and other serious complications afterwards.

For Williams's previous six opponents it was honour enough to be on court on her. Kerber, though, believed she could beat her.

She's still a victor to us. This year's Wimbledon offered sealed evidence to go with that fact. First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism.

Grass tends to extenuate Williams's weapons, especially her howitzer serve and ground strokes. "That's something I have to keep reminding myself", she said.

The tennis? That's come quite naturally, not surprisingly.

The 36-year-old Williams, who was seeking a 24th Grand Slam title, 10 months after having her first child.

Williams, and her husband Alex Ohanian, were guests at the royal wedding, and she has spoken about the support her friend gives her on the court.

Next was a first-round loss at Miami.

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"I also needed to find the motivation after 2016, which was incredible".

Kerber addressed Williams during the on-court interviews, saying: "You're such an inspiration for everybody, for all of us".

"I had a baby around the same time as Serena and barely managed the mums' race at sports day last week." wrote Lucky Soul.

There's a huge prize money sum available to both champions, while every player in the tournament will receive some share of the total pot worth £34million - a £2.4m rise from last year's Championships.

Williams appeared to be regaining that form this fortnight.

Earlier this year in the Australian Open, Kerber ran into the traps of crafty Su-Wei Hsieh in the fourth round.

At 4 hours, 46 minutes, the match is now the second longest semifinal in Wimbledon history, trailing only Kevin Anderson's victory over John Isner on Friday.

From there to be able to play the final of Wimbledon in a span of three months, Serena has covered a lot of ground at an incredible speed despite suffering another injury during the French Open.

The tennis star lost the championship Saturday in a stunning straight-sets match to Angelique Kerber.

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