The incomparable Serena Williams earned her 22nd grand slam title at this year’s Wimbledon by defeating Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in the final. Kerber beat Williams in Melbourne in January but Williams quickly flipped the script with an impressive display of power play.
“I have definitely had some sleepless nights with a lot of stuff, coming so close and feeling it and not being able to get there,” Williams, who was also foiled in her bid to achieve a calendar-year grand slam at last year’s U.S. Open, told reporters.
“This tournament I came in with a different mindset. In Melbourne I thought I played well but Angelique played great, and better. So I knew going into this one I needed to be calm and be confident and play the tennis I’ve been playing for well over a decade.”
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“Of course it feels disappointing, that’s for sure,” Kerber, who finished with a respectable 12 winners and nine unforced errors, told reporters. “But also I know that I played a good final.
“I lost against a really strong Serena today. This makes it a little bit better, that I know that she won the match, not that I lost the match, because she played very well.”
“One thing I learned about last year is to enjoy the moment,” said Williams. “I’m definitely going to enjoy this.”
Congratulations to the greatest!