Angelique Kerber fulfills dream with perfect match in Wimbledon final

Angelique Kerber with Wimbledon trophy

Angelique Kerber produced her best display to beat Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and claim her third Grand Slam title.

In a rematch of their 2016 final which was won by the American, Kerber was clinical as she won 6-3, 6-3 in just 65 minutes to become the first German since Steffi Graf in 1996 to win the title at SW19.

“It’s a dream come true,” she said during the court-side interview. “Serena, you’re a great person, such an inspiration for all of us playing and everyone watching you. I’m sure you will have your next Grand Slam title soon.

“Congratulations for coming back. I knew I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena. It’s always an honour to share a court with her.

“I have enjoyed every second here in the last two weeks. Thank you to my family and friends at home. Without you I wouldn’t be here.

She added: “It was my second chance to play in the final. I think I’m the next one after Steffi who won. That’s amazing.”

Williams was the overwhelming favourite to win an eighth Wimbledon title and equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles.

However, the German brought her A-game and made sure the American did a lot of running during the match.

“I was quite nervous before the match,” she said during the post-victory press conference. “But I was trying to told 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.

“At the end I was quite starting to being quite nervous. I knew that I had to take my first chance because you never know with her. She is fighting until the last one.”