Serena Williams' husband has paid tribute to his wife following her defeat in the Wimbledon final - saying he "couldn't be more proud". It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road kind of.
Williams is attempting to win her 24th Grand slam title, which would tie her with Margaret Court who dominated in the 1960's and early 70's.
Williams sensed a chance at 1-1 but with Kerber at 15-30 she made a awful hash of putting away an easy volley off a poor Kerber lob and Kerber was steadfast to keep ahead.
"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said according to ESPN. "I was really happy to get this far", Williams during an on-court interview with the BBC.
"Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward", she said. Because I learnt so much from myself, like a person, improving my tennis, improving me as a tennis player, and I think that is just the process. Williams returned to the tour in March, making limited appearances without much success.
Beaten but unbowed, Serena Williams is vowing to continue her relentless pursuit of tennis's most elusive feat despite falling tantalisingly short at Wimbledon.
She said: "I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it". She had some words for all of her fellow mothers: "To all the moms out there, I was playing out there for you today and I tried". But I was trying to tell myself, "Go out there and play your best match", because I know that against Serena I have to play my best tennis, especially in the important moments.
The pair enjoyed a long embrace at the net after the match, with Williams full of praise for her opponent. Her lefty serve out wide is a weapon and her return game is now unparalleled. She also beat Williams in the Australian Open final in 2016, then won that year's U.S. Open.
Kerber, born to a German father and Polish mother, was also quick to acknowledge the influence of Graf, who won 22 Grand Slam singles titles including seven at Wimbledon.
"Without 2017, I couldn't win this tournament", Kerber said.
Williams had fought back from a set down in the quarter-finals against Camila Giorgi, but the fighting spirit was clearly spent this time.
After taking the opening two points, Wiliiams made four miscues in a row to get broken.
Kerber bided her time as she waited for a high lob to drop and she whacked a forehand down the line to open up her first match point. Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too. Both men might be excused for being tired: They participated in the two longest semifinals in the history of a grass-court tournament that dates to 1877.
A star-studded crowd of 14,900 packed Centre Court, including golfer Tiger Woods, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and, looking on from the front row of the Royal Box, the Duchess of Cambridge (the former Kate Middleton) and the Duchess of Sussex (the former Meghan Markle), a dear friend of Williams.
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Just getting this far after all she has been through over the past couple of years was a considerable achievement. Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is playing in her first major final since her triumph at the 2016 U.S.
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