Lost amid the Serena fairytale story the Kerber fairytale story

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Lost amid the Serena fairytale story the Kerber fairytale story

Angelique Kerber reflects on her stunning 6-3 6-3 win over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams for her first Wimbledon title. (1:20)

LONDON -- It was impossible to ignore the narrative unfolding on Centre Court. A likable heroine. An unlikely comeback. A performance for the ages. Royals! Down to the final point of Saturday's women's Wimbledon final, the script seemed to be slipped from the pages of an English fairy tale. But for the majority of this fortnight, most of us missed it.

We were all so focused on the remarkable return of a 23-time Grand Slam champion from maternity leave that we overlooked the Cinderella story unfolding on the other end of the court. To watch Angelique Kerber hoist the Venus Rosewater Dish in victory and read that moment as Serena Williams losing out on her chance for a fairy-tale ending, or to see Kerber as the spoiler in Williams' heartwarming story, would have been a disservice to how incredible Kerber's resurgence this season has been.

"After 2017, nobody was expecting me to come back so strong, to win my third Grand Slam, win Wimbledon, which was always my dream," Kerber said after becoming one of only two women to beat Williams twice in a Grand Slam final (Venus Williams is the other). "Two weeks ago, nobody expected I can go so far."

Angelique Kerber won her third career Grand Slam title, beating Serena Williams at Wimbledon to deny the seven-time champion her record-tying 24th major.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, who teamed up to win the French Open doubles title, will play Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar for the Wimbledon crown.


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Date Posted: Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 02:33 pm

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