Wimbledon glance: Williams faces Kerber in final

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Kerber played as cleanly as can be, covering the court well and picking her spots for big shots as she cruised through the first set.

The fearsome Williams serve didn't quite get going; in fact, Kerber made a meal of this in the first set in which Williams could win a mere 14% of her second-serve points.

While Serena was frustrated by the surprise setback, she took heart from her run to the final in just the fourth tournament of her comeback following daughter Olympia's birth in September. Over the course of 2016, the powerful lefty won two majors and played in the final of another, and rose to No. 1 in the world.

With her excellent footwork, the German comfortably dictated from the middle of the back of the court and moved Williams about from left to right.

A insane Friday at the All England Club saw Kevin Anderson and John Isner play the longest semi-final match in the tournament's history before Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal completed slightly more than half of the second-longest semi-final. A win would have tied her with Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

"Without 2017, I couldn't win this tournament", Kerber said.

That success came despite having been match point down in the first round to Japan's Misaki Doi.

The moment Angelique Kerber won.

Although the mother-of-one had initially been coy about whether close friend Meghan would be attending the game, when the press confirmed to her that she would be there, she added with a smile and a fake British accent: "There you go". I have so much to look forward to and I am just getting started. "Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon and has supported me".

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Kerber has been just as dominant as Williams in the Wimbledon tournament heading into the final.

Kensington Palace confirmed on Thursday that the Duchess of Sussex, 36, would attend to watch her longtime pal as she faces off against Germany's Angelique Kerber.

"I just like to tell all the moms, like, I had such a long struggle to come back, and it was really hard".

"For all you mums out there I was playing for you".

But, foreshadowing the pain to come, Serena's 30th Grand Slam final got off to a rocky start as she dropped her serve with four unforced errors in the opening game.

"I tried but Angelique played really well".

She soon became the second player after Venus Williams to beat Serena in multiple major finals.

Many couldn't help reiterating that the tennis star almost died of complications from her cesarean section.

"This is something special", Kerber said.

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