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Serena Williams stunned by Angelique Kerber in Wimbledon 2018 final

Angelique Kerber beat seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title and spoil the American's dream comeback as a mum.

The German 11th seed, 30, beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-3 to add this title to her 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns.

Williams had been the favourite despite it being only her fourth tournament since giving birth in September. Kerber dropped to the grass when a netted service return gave her victory.

Kerber's gameplan pays off
Kerber, known for her defensive style, came to the match with one plan in mind - keep the point going and exploit Williams' lack of mobility around the court.

And it paid off handsomely with the 36-year-old's dashes to the net ending in errors half of the 24 times she came forward.

The German former world number one showed her intent in the first game, breaking the Williams serve that forms the backbone of her game.

Williams broke back to level at 2-2 before Kerber re-established the advantage in the seventh game when the American hit long, and she took the set when Williams sent a backhand into the net.
Kerber stuck with her tactics in the second set, breaking in the sixth, and the sight of Williams falling to the ground in frustration when she missed a straightforward lob for 30-0 when Kerber was serving for the match summed up her day. 
The German struck a forehand winner to bring up championship point and sealed the victory on the next point when Williams could only return a serve into the net. Overcome by the magnitude of what she had achieved, Kerber collapsed on to the ground and covered her eyes, while Williams came over to her side of the net to share a warm embrace.

Williams' dreams dashed

Williams, like Kerber, had not dropped a set on her way to the final but she had also faced only one player ranked in the top 50 here before Saturday's showpiece.

Despite her world ranking of 181 and special seeding of 25, she has been favourite for the title, with pundits and players pointing to the potent combination of her intimidating aura - created by titles, fitness and mental strength - and the fact that her power game is perfectly suited to the fast surface of grass.

However, Kerber did not let her play that game with Williams managing just four aces and hitting 24 unforced errors as the German bided her time and capitalised on the fact her opponent was not quite back to her best 10 months after giving birth to her daughter.

Williams, in fact, hit more than twice as many winners as the German (23-11) but was let down by some rash forehands and below-par net play.

It means her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title must wait until next month's US Open at least.

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