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Angelique Kerber - Serena Williams
Wimbledon women - 14 July 2018

Wimbledon – Follow the Tennis match between Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams live with Eurosport. The match starts at 13:00 on 14 July 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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Kerber: "It's just a dream come true again. But first I have to say, Serena, you are just a great person and champion. You are an inspiration for everybody, for all of us. It's amazing and I'm sure you'll have your next Grand Slam title soon, I'm really, really sure. Congrats on coming back."

Kerber win

Serena's voice breaks with emotion as she speaks post-match: "To all the mum's out there - I was playing for you today. I tried, but erm, you know Angelique played really well. It was really good - I look forward to just continuing to being back out here and doing what I do best.

Serena Williams / Wimbledon 2018

The victory will move Kerber up to fourth in the world when the new rankings are published on Monday. Serena is up to 28 after starring in just her fourth tournament back.


Trophy time!


The match lasted just one hour and five minutes.

It's Kerber's third Grand Slam title. She's just missing the French Open crown now.


GAME, SET AND MATCH! - S.WILLIAMS 3-6 3-6 KERBER. Angie has done it! The No.11 seed claims a surprise straight sets victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams. The American couldn't quite make it a fairytale success after the well-documented problems she suffered after giving birth in September last year. Kerber got tight serving it out, but did enough, tumbling to the ground in delight at the end.

She gives Serena a huge hug at the net. A great moment.

Angelique Kerber

In-game update: More brilliant defence from Kerber makes Serena play one more ball. The American contrives to blaze a volley at the net long and it's 30-0.

An epic rally follows and Serena mixes it up with a bewitching drop volley to outfox the No.11 seed: 30-15.

A sizzling return is just too hot for Kerber to handle and it's 30-30.

The German is nervous but somehow finds the line with a deep forehand - MATCH POINT!


WILLIAMS 3-6 3-5 KERBER. Just what SW23 would have wanted. She romps to a love hold. Over to Kerber now to try and serve it out. Will she get tight?


S.WILLIAMS 3-6 2-5 KERBER. If Serena is going to make a charge, she needs to do it now. Kerber consolidates with a strong hold to 15 and is one game away from a maiden Wimbledon title.


S.WILLIAMS 3-6 2-4 KERBER. More stonking defence from Kerber, hitting the lines and forcing Serena back. She never gives up on a supposed lost cause and gets her reward with a brilliant winner down the line on the run to tee up two break points. Williams saves one, but then the German unloads a forehand down the line to break with real panache.

Angelique Kerber in Wimbledon 2018

Well said.


S.WILLIAMS 3-6 2-3 KERBER. Serena lets out a frustrated and disappointed whimper as she slaps a weak backhand into the net. It undoes all of her hard work after she had pressed to deuce from 40-0 down. Kerber is under much more pressure in this set, but is somehow keeping her nose in front.


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S.WILLIAMS 3-6 2-2 KERBER. Serena dumps an easy forehand into the net but then outlasts Kerber in a tasty rally to get over the line and level when the German cannons a forehand just long.


S.WILLIAMS 3-6 1-2 KERBER. Angie clings on.

The No.11 seed nearly loses her head when Serena crashes a volley right at her - but it somehow misses and just goes long. The seven-time Wimbledon champion has her chances on second serves from 15-30, but can't find her return. Kerber survives and maintains the scoreboard advantage.


S.WILLIAMS 3-6 1-1 KERBER. Serena is struggling to keep up with the movement and supreme defence of Kerber. She makes 30-30 and then gets lucky when the German opts against the empty space down the line and fires a crosscourt attempt straight at the American. Serena halts it with a great drop volley and vents the frustration with a huge scream. A big serve down the middle T finishes it off and gets her on the board.


S.WILLIAMS 3-6 0-1 KERBER. Angie is flying right now. A first ace of the match and a low to the floor backhand winner up the line move her 40-0 to the good. A double fault blots the copybook, but she follows with a big first serve that Williams can only block long.


SET! - S.WILLIAMS 3-6 KERBER. Serena leaks the unforced errors again and Kerber takes the opener in just 31 minutes.

The American gave herself too much to do with errors for 0-30 and 30-40. She already has 14 unforced errors to Kerber's three, but has the know-how to turn this around. If anyone can, she can.

Angelique Kerber

S.WILLIAMS 3-5 KERBER. Kerber is like a sponge right now. She's absorbing that Williams pressure and clinging on as the attempted winners land wide and are chalked onto the unforced error column. The German digs out the hold from 15-3 down and consolidates.


BREAK! - S.WILLIAMS 3-4 KERBER. Serena pretty much breaks herself.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion throws in back-to-back double faults. It's a rarity and offers Kerber triple break point.

Serena rallies to fend off two, but then flashes a forehand long.


S.WILLIAMS 3-3 KERBER. Angie halts the run of three games against her as Serena corks a backhand long of the baseline. The German took firm control of the game with a stunning backhand up the line. It's one of her go-to shots and she's going to need plenty of those if she's to deny SW today.

Serena Williams - Wimbledon 2018

S.WILLIAMS 3-2 KERBER. Serena has found her feet very quickly after that early setback. She sizzles down her fastest ace of the tournament at 125mph to ease through a simple enough hold for the loss of one point. Puzzle solved it seems...


BREAK! - S.WILLIAMS 2-2 KERBER. It didn't take long for Serena to reach parity. She breaks to love as Kerber leaks a couple of unforced errors off both flanks.


Re - that earlier tweet about Angie taking the bus.


S.WILLIAMS 1-2 KERBER. Serena gets on the board with a hold to 30. A brutal backhand drive to Kerber's right flank concludes the game in style and gets the royal seal of approval from Meghan.


S.WILLIAMS 0-2 KERBER. No butterflies in Angie's stomach right now. She backs up the break by reeling off four points in a row from 0-15. She's setting the early pace and providing an early puzzle for Serena to solve.


BREAK! - S.WILLIAMS 0-1 KERBER. That's a sensational start from Kerber. She finds some strong returns from 30-0 down and moves well from the baseline, combining solid defence with probing groundstrokes. Murmurs of surprise filter around the court as she clocks up an early break point before she outmanoeuvres Serena, forcing the unforced forehand error into the net to get off to a flyer


Serena will serve first.


Williams: "It's crazy. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back. I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free. That's what I'm doing. This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it to be honest. I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. I'm enjoying every moment."

Serena Williams

The players are out on court and have received a HUGE reception. The Duchess of Sussex is here to watch her big friend, Serena.

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FOURTH FINAL FACE-OFF: The players have faced off in three previous finals. Williams won on the grass of SW19 in 2016, which avenged the Australian Open loss to the German earlier that year. Kerber triumphed 6-4 3-6 4-3 to lift her maiden Slam title. Prior to that Williams won a 2014 final in Stanford 7-6 6-3.

Germany's Angelique Kerber kisses the trophy in the locker room after winning her final match against Serena Williams of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, in this January 30, 2016

HEAD-TO-HEAD: This is the ninth meeting with Kerber picking up just two victories in the match-up. They last met in the 2016 final here, with Williams easing to a 7-5 6-3 success.

Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams celebrates winning her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber with the trophy

Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the 2018 Wimbledon Ladies' final between 23-time Grand-slam champion Serena Williams and former world number one, Angelique Kerber. It's a repeat of the final in SW19 two years ago and marks a remarkable return to action for Serena, and a welcome one for the rejuvenated Angie. The players are due on court around 16:00 BST - later than initially scheduled due to the conclusion of the Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal men's semi final.

Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber - Wimbledon 2018