Husband's heartfelt tribute to Serena after Wimbledon exit

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30-year-old Angelique Kerber has won her first Wimbledon title after defeating favourite Serena Williams in two straight sets.

With Saturday's win, Kerber has won three Grand Slam after previous victories in the U.S. Open and Australian Open.

Kerber has been just as dominant as Williams in the Wimbledon tournament heading into the final.

Kerber endured a hard 2017 after her most successful campaign the previous year and went without a tournament win for 12 months.

Certainly didn't take long for the 36-year-old American to get her game in gear and close in on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title, one short of Martina Navratilova's record, and 24th Grand Slam trophy in all, equaling Margaret Court's all-time mark.

Another said: 'Serena Williams gave birth 10 months ago and suffered severe complications. After a little more time off, she played the fourth tournament of her comeback at Wimbledon, wearing compression leggings as a precaution against pulmonary embolisms. "I'm obviously disappointed but I can't be - because I'm literally just getting started".

"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 five women ever to beat Williams in a Grand Slam final.

"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today", she said.

Martina Navratilova has often shared her admiration for Serena Williams.

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She had not faced anyone with the pedigree of the German though and was outmanoeuvred in the first set as Kerber's dogged defence forced too many errors. That was on display on Saturday (Sunday NZT) when she delivered a pair of down-the-line forehand passing winners to collect the last break she'd need, for a 4-2 edge in the second set.

They've played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.

Days after our baby girl was born, I kissed my wife goodbye before surgery and neither of us knew if she would be coming back. That was part of a run in which she dropped 8 of 9 points.

Kerber's triumph was confirmed in the next rally and she fell to the floor in a heap of overwhelming emotion when Williams hit the net.

Though her speech was full of humility, Serena is not ready to throw in the towel:"I look forward to continuing to be back out here and do what I do best".

"Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward", she said.

Winning Wimbledon with Olympia at the tournament with her was supposed to be the crowning glory of her return to the top.

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Williams' good friend the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle watched from the Royal Box.

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