Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win Wimbledon title

10 months after baby, Serena in Wimbledon final vs. Kerber

Serena Williams' husband posted a heartfelt message on social media following the tennis star's loss to Angelique Kerber in the final at Wimbledon.

"It was such an fantastic tournament for me", Serena said after the match, getting emotional.

Williams admitted this time may be more hard, not least because she gave birth just 10 months ago, and has spoken about the tough delivery, which left her in hospital for six weeks.

MEGHAN Markle and Kate Middleton tonight cheered on Serena Williams at Wimbledon in their first public engagement without their husbands.

Williams struck the first serve of the contest at 4.16pm, more than two hours later than normal, following the conclusion of the men's semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Williams had been chasing a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles success and was close to tears at the end, saying on court: "It was such an wonderful tournament for me".

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

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They will sit in the Royal Box for the ladies' singles final between American Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber of Germany. And, ultimately, she collapsed on the grass court in jubilation after converting match point, caking dirt on her white dress. A year ago was a real struggle for Kerber so it was no surprise she was so emotional at the moment of victory.

"I want to take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, keep improving". But, Kerber beat Williams earlier that year at the Australian Open. And Kerber also credits Graf with giving her the mental belief in 2015 that she could be a grand slam victor.

Williams dropped serve three times in the opening set and although she tried to fire herself up in the second she played a loose game at 2-3 and Kerber broke with a running pass.

Kerber was the worst possible matchup for Serena, as she presented a much different challenge than the six women Serena defeated en route to the final. I think I'm the next one after Steffi who won. 'Honestly, I just feel like it was a necessary evil.

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

"Angelique played really well", Williams said.

Despite so much Grand Slam success, despite holding a 6-2 career edge against Kerber entering the day, Williams played tightly right from the outset. Save for her match against Camilia Giorgi, Serena dispatched all her opponents - Arantza Rus, Viktoriya Tomova, Kristina Madenovic, Evgeniya Rodina, and Julia Gorges - in just two sets.

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