Williams returned to tennis in March and charged to the final of the Wimbledon, which was her fourth tournament of the year. "It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road kind of". In the process, Kerber denied Williams a 24th career Grand Slam title, which would have tied Margaret Court's all-time mark.
The German former world number one showed her intent in the first game, breaking the Williams serve that forms the backbone of her game.
After the match, during an interview, Serena got a bit emotional sharing that: 'It was such an incredible tournament for me.
"She was playing very different to me, a lot of slice and playing strong off the forehand and having a good serve", Kerber told reporters.
"I feel like I have a ways to go", Williams said.
"Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward", she said. "But I just tried to improve my game, not think too much about the results".
However, she was caught on camera looking deflated following Serena's defeat by Angelique.
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"I'm just me and that's all that I can be". "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today".
"Angelique played really well", Williams said.
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.
She was bumped up to 25th seed courtesy of her seven titles at the All England Club - the most recent in 2016 - and more than justified that decision.
When a Williams backhand hit the net the 30-year-old Kerber, who has now won three Grand Slams, collapsed on the dusty baseline before running to the net for a warm embrace with Williams who she lost to in the 2016 Wimbledon final. "The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was, the fear that I can't be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world".
Williams' play was tight right from the outset.
Kerber, cleverly moving Serena into awkward positions, took full advantage, winning four games in a row to wrap up the set. That was part of a run in which she dropped 8 of 9 points. I can not describe this feeling because when I was a kid I was always dreaming for this moment.
Wimbledon 2018 is drawing to a close, but the battle for silverware and prize money has produced great drama on Centre Court.