In the end those sparks from her came very few and far in between, meaning it was a rather comfortable victory for the soon to be World No. 4. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a grand slam.
Serena Williams had a fairly easy road to the Wimbledon final in her return to the All England Club. As Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton cheered her on from the stands, the tennis star remained gracious as ever, acknowledging the outstanding performance of her opponent, Angelique Kerber. "That was always a dream of mine".
She is the first German to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Steffi Graf in 1996.
On Saturday, she remarkably competed in the Wimbledon final, where she lost against Angelique Kerber. To win Wimbledon, it's something really special in my career.
"The last two years gives me so much experience, good and bad things", said Kerber, who allowed herself a brief sip of champagne a couple of hours after her 6-3, 6-3 win against Williams, whose own achievement in reaching the final, 10 months after a traumatic childbirth, was truly remarkable.
5 - Number of unforced errors by Kerber, compared to 24 by Williams. I saw her at the beginning of the tournament where I don't think she played well. "I'm literally just getting started".
"To be honest, I was quite nervous before the match", said Kerber, 30.
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Kerber addressed Williams during the on-court interviews, saying: "You're such an inspiration for everybody, for all of us".
Kerber broke Williams' serve to open the match - a rare and startling achievement. She did not shrink from the responsibility: she nailed another forehand down the line that landed on the opposite baseline with a puff of chalk for another victor. After the final, Williams took to Twitter to express her appreciation for her fans with a shout-out to all moms.
Saturday's victory was Kerber's third title at the Slams - all coming after her 28th birthday.
"I definitely am going to continue to play and just work on my game, work on staying in there", Williams added. "But her movement keeps getting better".
"Well, I'd just like to tell all the moms, like, I had such a long struggle to come back and it was really hard", she said.
She had some words for all of her fellow mothers: "To all the moms out there, I was playing out there for you today and I tried". After another two months away, she played in the French Open in May, withdrawing in the fourth round with an injured pectoral muscle. She gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, on September 1 and suffered complications after her cesarean section, including a pulmonary embolism. "Honestly I feel like if I can do it, they can do it".
Began 2012 with two semi-finals in Auckland and Hobart before she beat Maria Sharapova, the top seed, in the quarter-finals in Paris, then beat second-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli to clinch her first title.