Misery of 2017 inspired me to Wimbledon triumph, says Angelique Kerber

Tanya Cunningham
July 16, 2018

Serena emerged as favourite to win another Wimbledon title after she dispatched Julia Görges 6-2, 6-2 in her semifinal while Kerber swept Jeļena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in the other final. But far from what many anticipated would be a repeat of the final here two years ago, it was the loser that day who looked lively and eventually sealed the victory in an hour and five minutes.

She could not find her best space mentally and tennis-wise, after a stellar 2016 where she had won Australian Open and US Open. She will want to do better because she lost but...

In a piece for CNN, the tennis icon revealed she had blood clots in her lungs after undergoing an emergency C-section.

When asked if the delayed start to the women's final had any impact on hr preparations, she pointed out that throughout the whole tournament, she had never had a first match on start time. "I really tried." Graf helped Kerber get her game on track earlier in her career, so it was an especially sweet moment for the 30-year-old to follow in her footsteps at Wimbledon.

"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today", she said. The 25th seed also played into the German's hands hitting the net and making several unforced errors.

That's the matches that she loves.

But her confidence ahead of Saturday, where she became just the second woman to defeat Serena a couple of times in a Slam final, was also buoyed by her late blooming. "Angelique is an incredible person and a really good friend, and she played out of her mind".

"I didn't feel it was hard because when we started working she really had a very hard desire to go back to the top of women's tennis and she was also willing to work very hard for that", he said of restoring her confidence.

Meanwhile, the victory over Williams was a personal satisfaction for Fissette, who has now coached five different players who have beaten the great American. "That's incredible." Williams 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. Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too. "It's obviously disappointing but I am just getting started", said an emotional W illiams after losing in the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2008.

And Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, shared a story putting into perspective just how much Williams had come back from. But, yeah, I just have to add it to the list. "The defense is one of her qualities, but she also knows now that she's not going to win a Grand Slam with just defense, and that's, for me, very important".

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