Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber Highlights, Wimbledon Final: Kerber Beats Serena In Straight Sets To Clinch Maiden Wimbledon Crown

Updated: 14 July 2018 22:24 IST

Wimbledon Women's Final highlights, Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber Tennis Match: Angelique Kerber became the first German to win a Wimbledon singles title since Steffi Graf in 1996.

Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber Highlights, Wimbledon Final: Kerber Beats Serena In Straight Sets To Clinch Maiden Wimbledon Crown
Angelique Kerber became the first German to win a Wimbledon singles title since Steffi Graf in 1996. © AFP

Angelique Kerber became the first German woman to win Wimbledon for 22 years as the 11th seed shattered Serena Williams' bid for Grand Slam history with a shock 6-3, 6-3 victory in Saturday's final. Kerber avenged her defeat against Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon title match, overwhelming the seven-time champion with a stunning 65-minute upset on Centre Court. "I knew I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena," Kerber said. "It was my second chance to play in the final. I think I'm the next one after Steffi who won. That's amazing." Serena 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. The 36-year-old, who last won a Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, went into the final as the title favourite, even though she was playing only the fourth tournament of her post-pregnancy comeback. But instead world number 10 Kerber sprang a huge surprise, making her Germany's first female champion at the All England Club since Steffi Graf in 1996.

Highlights between Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber, Wimbledon Women’s Final

21:55 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog. Do tune back in tomorrow for the live updates of the Wimbledon's men's final blog between Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson.

21:52 IST: AND IT IS DONE!! Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams in straight games -- 6-3, 6-3 -- to clinch her maiden Wimbledon title.

21:47 IST: Serena Williams is not giving up easily. She holds onto her serve to trail Kerber 3-5.

21:44 IST: Angelique Kerber holds onto her serve to inch closer  to her maiden Wimbledon title!

21:42 IST: With a powerful forehand down the line, Kerber breaks Serena at a crucial time. Kerber leads 4-2.

21:40 IST: Serena's player box is star-studded.

21:35 IST: Serena Williams pulls back a deuce after trailing 0-40 but Kerber was adamant and did not let Serena break her. Kerber leads Serena 3-2 in the second set.

21:27 IST: Kerber maintains a 2-1 lead against Serena by holding onto her serve. This particular game was filled with powerful returns and brilliant placements from Kerber.

21:24 IST: Serena Williams serves an ace to draw level 1-1 against Kerber in the second set.

21:21 IST: Kerber wins the first game of the second set in just 3 minutes. She is flying past the seven-time champion with ease.

21:17 IST: Angelique Kerber breaks Serena for the third time to take the first set 6-3 in just 31 minutes. What a dominant performance this has been from the 11th seed German.

21:13 IST: Kerber holds onto her serve to lead Serena 5-3. It seems Kerber is on her way to win the first set handsomely.

21:11 IST: Serena is broken for the second time in the first set by Angelique Kerber. Lots of double faults from the seven-time winner. Kerber leads 4-3.

21:05 IST: 19 minutes in the first set and Serena, Kerber are tied at 3-3.

21:04 IST: Serena is looking in good touch. Kerber, on the other hand, is putting up a strong fight.

20:58 IST: Serena returns the favour by breaking Kerber. The first set in tied at 2-2.

20:49 IST: What a start by Angelique Kerber, she breaks Serena in the first game and then holds onto her serve to take 2-0 lead in the first set.

20:45 IST: Hello and welcome back to the Wimbledon women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

20:15 IST: Read the Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal match report here.

20:09 IST: "One of the greatest matches Wimbledon has ever seen," tweets Wimbledon.

20:03 IST: AND IT IS DONE! Novak Djokovic breaks Rafael Nadal and hence wins the semi-final tie 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(11/9), 3-6, 10-8.

19:58 IST: Djokovic wins two successive points to hold on to his serve. Djokovic leads the final set 9-8.

19:53 IST: Nadal saves one match point with a brilliant drop shot that Djokovic could not reach and return. Game Nadal, the final set is tied at 8-8.

19:50 IST: This is now the longest match Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have ever played in terms of games.

19:47 IST: After a long, long battle Djokovic finally holds his serve to lead Nadal 8-7. What a cracker of a competition this is turning out to be.

19:42 IST: Nadal is not giving up any opportunity to break Djokovic but the latter, on the other hand, breaks the deuce with a strong forehand winner.

19:38 IST: Djokovic saves three break points to force the game into the second deuce.

19:35 IST: The final set has crossed the one hour mark and is tied at 7-7. Djokovic is furious with himself for not been able to return Nadal.

19:29 IST: This is a test of patience and persistence for both players. Djokovic holds his serve to lead the final set 7-6.

19:26 IST: 55 minutes in the final set and it is locked at 6-6.

19:21 IST: Both players are currently holding their serves. A moment of inspiratio from either will see the game, set and match. Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-5 Nadal.

19:18 IST: 47 minutes in the fifth set and the game is ties at 5-5. After trailing 0-30, Nadal notches up quick points to hold his serve. The battle is still on!!

19:12 IST: Djokovic saves two break points to force a deuce. And he holds his serve. Djokovic leads the fifth set 5-4.

19:07 IST: After Djokovic lets go of an opportunity to break Nadal, the latter holds his serve. He is surely pumped up!

19:04 IST: Djokovic forces Nadal into a deuce. Can the 12th seed break him?

18:59 IST:  A tense battle going on between these two. Djokovic holds his serve to lead 4-3 in the fifth set. Will we see another marathon battle like Isner vs Anderson? 

18:56 IST: Rafael Nadal serves an ace to hold his serve. The fifth game is tied at 3-3.

18:52 IST: Djokovic holds his serve. The Serbian leads the fifth game 3-2.

18:48 IST: It is Djokovic 2-2 Nadal as the latter holds his serve. Nadal is looking confident, while Djokovic is fighting equally hard.

18:44 IST: Game Djokovic. A rather nice ace from the Serb helps him to hold his serve. Djokovic 2-1 Nadal. It has been four hours and counting.

18:41 IST: After 10 minutes in the fifth set, it is Djokovic 1-1 Nadal.

18:36 IST: Game Djokovic, he holds his serve.

18:35 IST: Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(11/9), 3-6 Rafael Nadal

18:33 IST: Rafael Nadal takes the fourth set 6-3 to take the match into a decider. Nadal an ace that is called out but a review opted by Nadal shows the ball was just inside the line.

18:29 IST: Three quick points from Nadal helps him to force a deuce. The Spaniard is not backing down. A beautiful drop shot from Nadal gives him the advantage. He is serving for the set now.

18:26 IST: Nadal is serving for the set. However, Djokovic is not giving up as he swiftly moves onto 40-0.

18:25 IST: Nadal breaks Djokovic again!!!! Djokovic is furious with himself, he trails 3-5 in the fourth set.

18:19 IST: After a couple of obstacles, Nadal finally holds his serve to lead Djokovic 4-3. However, Nadal is not looking comfortable with his wide forehand returns and Djokovic is trying to exploit it.

18:16 IST: Some fine serves from the Djoker helps his hold his serve and draw level 3-3 against Nadal in the fourth set.

18:10 IST: Djokovic returns the favour, breaks Nadal in the fifth game of the fourth set. Djokovic trails Nadal 2-3.

18:05 IST: Djokovic holds his serve as he wraps up the fourth game quickly. Djokovic 1-3 Nadal.

18:03 IST: Two quick points and Nadal holds his serve against Djokovic. Nadal 3-0 Djokovic.

18:00 IST: Nadal is fired up! He breaks Djokovic early, takes 2-0 lead in the fourth set. A wide forehand return from Nadal forces Djokovic to return close to the net that saw Nadal place the ball away from Djokovic with ease. Nadal leads Djokovic 2-0.

17:58 IST: Djokovic serves the first ace of the match. Djokovic 15-30 Nadal.

17:56 IST: Nadal wins the first game if the fourth set in 16 minutes. Resilience shown by Djokovic is amazing!!

17:52 IST: Nadal saves his serve yet again. A wide forehand return from the Spaniard forces Djokovic to return the ball near the net where Nadal places the ball well to save his point. 5th deuce of the first game.

17:48 IST: Djokovic is looking strong. He forces the third deuce in the first game of the fourth set.

17:46 IST: Djokovic had an early opportunity to break Nadal in his first serve but Nadal saves. Second deuce. 

17:41 IST: Djokovic takes the first point of the fourth set. A reminder -- Djokovic is currently leading the World No.1

17:40 IST: The Wimbledon semi-final match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal resumes.

17:25 IST: Just minutes away from the semi-final clash. Stay tuned.

16:55 IST: The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are here to enjoy ladies' finals day.

16:43 IST: While we wait for the men's singles semis to resume, here is a quick look at the Women's singles finalists.

16:40 IST: After a late finish, Rafael Nadal prepares for the conclusion of his Wimbledon semi-final.

16:35 IST: Before the suspension, Djokovic leads Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(11/9).

16:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Wimbledon semi-final match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic, starting with a 26-25 career advantage over Nadal, flourished in the fast conditions under the roof, breaking in the seventh game of the opening set. But Nadal, chasing an 18th Grand Slam crown and in his first Wimbledon semi-final since finishing runner-up to Djokovic in 2011, then saved five break points in the second set to level the contest. Nadal had three set points in the third set tiebreaker -- one of them created off a lung-busting 23-shot rally.

However, he was unable to convert and Djokovic pounced to claim the set after almost three hours on court. Twelfth sees Djokovic is seeking a fifth final at the All England Club, 22nd at the majors and 13th Slam title. For Nadal, victory would put him in a sixth Wimbledon final and 25th at the majors. Djokovic has already hit 42 winners to Nadal's 39 but has converted just two of 10 break points.

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