USA player Serena Williams reacts against Germany's Angelique Kerber during their women's singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14. But her journey to make the final of the tournament that she first won as a 21-year-old testifies her status as perhaps the sport's greatest champion.
Kerber endured a hard 2017 after her most successful campaign the previous year and went without a tournament win for 12 months.
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.
Serena Williams had a fairly easy road to the Wimbledon final in her return to the All England Club.
After the match, during an interview, Serena got a bit emotional sharing that: 'It was such an wonderful tournament for me. "It's obviously disappointing, but I can't be disappointed, you know, I have so much to look forward to".
Serena Williams of the USA returns a ball to Angelique Kerber of Germany during the women's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, July 14, 2018. A replica of the 2016 final, but this time, it was the German player's time to strike revenge on her victor from two years' previous.
Kerber ended the set with two consecutive breaks to to take it 6-3, using the whole court to defend and counter-attack properly, hitting massively and with nearly no risk at all. Last week, she missed her daughter's first steps because she was training.
After Williams held serve, all eyes were on Kerber, including those of British royalty.
"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today - and I tried", said the 36-year-old American, her voice shaking during the trophy ceremony. "There's no escaping the fear", she said.
"I think these two weeks have really showed me that I can compete".
'I look forward to continuing to being back out here and do what I do best'.
Kerber was in the ascendancy early and broke at the first time of asking when Williams found the net after a lengthy rally.
Kerber played as cleanly as can be, covering the court well and picking her spots for big shots as she cruised through the first set. Now she is back among the world's very best. Perhaps more impressive was this: She broke Williams in 4 of 9 service games. That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.
Kerber made just five unforced errors compared to Williams' 24 as the German reversed the result of the 2016 final.
A star-studded crowd of 14,900 packed Centre Court, including golfer Tiger Woods, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and, looking on from the front row of the Royal Box, the Duchess of Cambridge (the former Kate Middleton) and the Duchess of Sussex (the former Meghan Markle), a dear friend of Williams.