Serena Williams - Angelique Kerber
Wimbledon women - 9 July 2016
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WILLIAMS 7-5 6-3 KERBER: GAME, SET, MATCH! Two huge first serves calm the Williams nerves and she races to championship point with another cracker out wide. Nothing Kerber can do. A forehand volley into the open court and Williams is the champion! She falls on her back before the players warmly embrace at the net. Lovely to see. And that’s a record-equalling 22nd grand slam title. Brilliant stuff from Williams, who is overjoyed.
WILLIAMS 7-5 5-3 KERBER: BREAK! A good first serve forces Williams to hit long on the opening point but the Garman then hits wide. A spectacular point ends with Williams on her back after a volley exchange, another one for the highlights package. Kerber outlasts Williams in a punishing baseline exchange but can’t control a powerful Williams backhand and then hits an attempted lob wide as the game goes to deuce. A long backhand gives Williams a break point and virtual match point and Kerber then hits wide to hand the crucial break. Williams to serve for the championship!!
WILLIAMS 7-5 4-3 KERBER: Another ace opens proceedings on the Williams serve but the American somehow hits wide with the court at her mercy. A double fault puts Williams in trouble at 15-30 but she then screams encouragement to herself as Kerber hits long. The German earns a first break point as Williams hits a backhand wide of the line but two almost inevitable aces follow to dash the German’s hopes and she then nets. Williams out of a hole.
WILLIAMS 7-5 3-3 KERBER: Williams hits a forehand long but then blitzes a backhand winner on return. A good serve up the middle forces Williams to net but back comes another return winner. Another absolutely spellbinding rally ends with Williams netting and Williams hits long as Kerber hangs tough.
WILLIAMS 7-5 3-2 KERBER: Williams puts away a fierce overhead but then appears to get distracted by the swirling wind as she puts in a double. Kerber unsuccessfully challenges a serve that clips the line and a brilliant Williams angled volley puts her 40-15 ahead. Kerber hits a brilliant pass but drags a backhand wide as Williams leads again.
WILLIAMS 7-5 2-2 KERBER: Kerber staying positive, a forehand forcing Williams to net. The American then applauds one of the shots of the tournament, Kerber hitting a backhand winner from way outside the court, almost around the post. Williams then hits long but nails a backhand return of her own but slices long after another superb rally. Great stuff.
WILLIAMS 7-5 2-1 KERBER: Kerber drills a beautiful backhand winner into the corner but can’t control another powerful serve. Williams growls as she smashes a forehand volley away and pummels another huge ace that the German looks at in bewilderment. The German hangs tough with a lovely crosscourt forehand winner but then nets another big serve. Not much she did wrong in that game.
WILLIAMS 7-5 1-1 KERBER: Kerber keeping up her intensity as Williams nets twice before the German returns the compliment. A cracking forehand up the line and one into the backhand court helps her to hold.
WILLIAMS 7-5 1-0 KERBER: Kerber hits long on the opening point but then forces Williams to net. Another huge serve restores the advantage and more brutal hitting and a further ace gets her off to the perfect start.
WILLIAMS 7-5 KERBER: SET! Kerber’s scrambling powers just keeping her in the opening point before Williams finishes it with a winning forehand. The German then forces the error with a deep forehand of her own but hooks another one wide, going for a clean winner. A loose backhand concedes two set points but Kerber saves the first by chasing down a poor drop shot. She can’t save the second as a magnificent crosscourt backhand forces Kerber to net. Half way there!
WILLIAMS 6-5 KERBER: Kerber just gets a racket to another massive serve up the middle but the German gets plenty on the next backhand, that forces a Williams error. The American is in trouble at 15-30 after firing long but responds with two more brilliant serves out wide. She holds with an ace and another cry of ‘come on!’
WILLIAMS 5-5 KERBER: Williams hooks a forehand wide on the opening point and then drills a backhand long. Another backhand error puts Kerber 40-0 up but ferocious hitting almost knocks the German off her feet. It’s not enough for Williams, who then nets.
WILLIAMS 5-4 KERBER: Williams hits long before Kerber flashes a forehand return inches wide. ‘Come on!’ shouts Williams, after a crosscourt forehand winner and another ace. The American then slips going for a backhand slice but seems okay after Kerber hits the ball into the open court. But the German gets back on terms with a lovely sliced backhand drop shot. Williams brings out her customary ace at the right time and Kerber then hits long as the American comes through a minor crisis.
WILLIAMS 4-4 KERBER: Williams hits a return long and then repeats the dose after a six shot rally. A backhand return winner gets the American into the game before Kerber thrashes a wild forehand well wide. Williams nets a good serve out wide before Kerber holds with a superb serve up the middle.
WILLIAMS 4-3 KERBER: Williams starts with a fourth ace but pressure from the German forces her to net. A fifth ace restores the Williams advantage and the American then wins the rally of the match with a volley at the net before pumping her arms in celebration. Kerber responds with a flashing forehand winner up the line and then forces the American to net as the game goes to deuce. A huge scream from Williams follows a backhand winner and Kerber then hits long after another terrific rally. Great stuff on centre court.
WILLIAMS 3-3 KERBER: Kerber finds another good first serve to open up but then nets a makeable backhand. Williams hits long to hand back the advantage and then can’t control another excellent serve. Kerber holds as a lucky net cord catches Williams out.
WILLIAMS 3-2 KERBER: Williams starts with a forehand winner into the open court but Kerber responds by a pummelling a weak 65mph second serve. Power hitting edges Williams ahead before a third ace and unreturned serve wraps up the game.
WILLIAMS 2-2 KERBER: Kerber takes a leaf out of the Williams book with two big first serves to open a 30-0 lead but Williams responds with a winning volley. Williams then mistimes a backhand, having dominated the rally but recovers with a great angled backhand winner but Kerber holds as Williams nets her serve.
WILLIAMS 2-1 KERBER: Williams lets out a scream after opening with a forehand winner and Kerber can’t control two more huge first serves. A first Serena double is followed by another ace for a comfortable hold.
WILLIAMS 1-1 KERBER: Kerber gets the better of another long opening exchange but Williams responds with a superb sliced drop shot. A stunning backhand from Williams puts her 15-30 ahead but she then nets from the same wing. A stunning pick-up on the half volley at her feet earns Williams break point but the American hits just long as the game goes to deuce. A fantastic inside out forehand winner gives Kerber the advantage but an untimely first double fault undoes the good work. Williams ups the ante, forcing Kerber to net for another break chance but the German forces an error with a powerful forehand into the corner. Another stunning backhand return winner earns Williams another break point but Kerber saves with a brave second serve and she holds as Williams hits long.
WILLIAMS 1-0 KERBER: Kerber gets the better of a superb opening rally with a forehand winner up the line but Williams responds with a huge backhand of her own onto the baseline. The American follows up a nice first serve with a backhand that Kerber nets and the German then returns long, flummoxed by the wind. An ace, her 62nd of the tournament, rounds off a comfortable hold.
Kerber won the toss and chose to receive.
Looks like Kerber has won the toss, it will be interesting to see what she chooses to do. The players pose for the final photograph. Kerber, beaming, looking delighted to be there. No smile from Williams. She just glares straight ahead. Fully focused.
Serena takes her headphones off just before walking onto the court ahead of the final. Not the most orthodox of preparations ahead of this historic final, but that’s what helps her focus.
The players should be on court now. Serena just keeping Anglie waiting. Have the mental games already started? Here she is, finally, and the players are walking on.
Meanwhile, from Silverstone..
The players have come out of the locker room and are about to make that most famous of tennis walks onto the centre court ahead of the women’s final.
Kerber on Graf: "She was always an idol for me, I have watched a lot of her matches, on YouTube sometimes. I met her a few times -- the last time she told me, just believe in yourself. I will try to be the next one to win here after Steffi."
Before we await the players ahead of this massive occasion for women’s tennis and tennis history in general, here’s some pre-match reading to whet the appetite.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE text and social media coverage as Serena Williams bids to equal Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 grand slam singles titles. Angelique Kerber is seeking to become the first German woman to lift the crown since her idol Graf did so 20 years ago. Quite simply, this is massive!