It was a rematch of the 2016 final, which Williams won, but this time there was no doubt who was the better player and Kerber was able to celebrate her third grand slam title, becoming the first German singles champion at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996.
Kerber defeated Williams to win the Australian Open in 2016 and then, after losing here, lifted the trophy at the US Open. Last year was a real struggle for Kerber so it was no surprise she was so emotional at the moment of victory.
Two years after losing to Williams with a title on the line at Centre Court, Kerber came through. So steady, so patient, so accurate throughout, she never really gave Williams much of a chance this time, putting together a 6-3, 6-3 victory Saturday for her first championship at the All England Club and third major overall.
Kerber made only five unforced errors in the entire match, 19 fewer than Williams. She broke Williams in 4 of 9 service games. In doing so, Kerber prevented Williams from claiming an eighth title at Wimbledon and 24th from all Grand Slam tournaments , which would have equaled Margaret Court’s record.
Williams recovered from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, clinching the fifth game with a 125mph ace, the fastest serve of the women’s tournament. But, she became tentative again, dumping volleys in the net and unable to match the consistency of Kerber.
She seemed unsure how to break down Kerber, and the next point saw her inexplicably pat a volley back that should have been the simplest of put-aways and pay the price.
On the other hand Kerber produced a series of superb points to break the Williams serve for the fourth time in the match and move 4-2 in front.
Williams tried everything to get back into the match but it was not her day as she finally surrendered in front of the German Angelique Kerber who was in top form in the night of the final.