Serena returns to top 30 in world rankings

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 18, 2018

"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.

While Williams lost to Kerber, she was still surprised by her performance, noting in a post-game interview that she "didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back".

And the 36-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Jr just last year, revealed her fellow mums were the driving force behind her competition.

The motivational message also saw Alexis remember the moment Serena gave birth to their first child together, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, in September previous year.

"I can't tell how wonderful and unbelievable you are!"

"This was not inevitable for me, I had a really hard pregnancy and I had to have multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it".

"Yeah, it's been a insane 10 months", she said on Thursday.

Williams had been favoured to draw level on Saturday but, despite turning 37 in September and suffering only her third defeat in 10 finals at The All England Club, the former world No.1 maintains more majors are still to come.

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"You are a true inspiration in everything you do and by who you are".

Novak Djokovic has won through to the men's singles decider, outlasting world number one Rafael Nadal in five sets in a semi-final spanning two days.

Despite so much Grand Slam success, despite holding a 6-2 career edge against Kerber entering the day, Williams played tightly right from the outset. Williams was mostly her own undoing, too: She was responsible for the final's initial six unforced errors.

Williams appeared delighted but shocked to have made it through. I'm literally just getting started.

Kerber was broken only once. She is a force to be reckoned with, exuding grace and power, a true queen of the court - absorbing negativity and transforming it into positive, title-winning energy.

"It was only her 14th match back".

Following the landmark moment, she tweeted: "She took her first steps ..."

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