When last seen at Wimbledon before this fortnight, in the 2016 final, Williams won her seventh title by defeating Kerber, 7-5, 6-3.
It also stopped her joining Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters as the only mothers to win Grand Slam titles in the professional era.
In the end, she could not overcome Angelique Kerber - not even the courtside presence of her close friend the Duchess of Sussex could spur her on to the win.
Based on Williams' level after just four tournaments, Austin said she had no doubt that she'd win the 24th Grand Slam that would tie Margaret Court's record - and possibly a 25th or more.
About 10 months after having a baby, Serena Williams plays in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber. Serena Williams, who was playing only her 14th match since January 2017 which was unbelievably (and yet making complete sense that makes you go, "but of course") a Wimbledon final, was not moving as well as she would have liked. Anderson played for more than 6 1/2 hours Friday before getting past John Isner in a 26-24 fifth set; it's the second-longest match in Grand Slam history.
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Williams has described her friendship with the newlywed as wonderful, and in the past Meghan has attended the championships to cheer her on from her player's box. I tried to enjoy every single moment now.
After Williams held serve, all eyes were on Kerber, including those of British royalty.
"From the first point to the last point, she played unbelievable today", Williams said of Kerber.
"She's transcended tennis", King said.
She needed surgery and was bed-bound for weeks, but Williams has managed to overcome those hard days and resume her tennis career. That was also the year that Kerber reached the Wimbledon final, losing to Williams in straight sets.
Left-hander Kerber drew Williams into longer rallies that brought out errors.
Williams was gunning for her eighth title at the All England Club but Kerber dominated the match to flip the tables following the result during the pair's previous showdown. "I look forward to continuing to be back out here and do what I do best". "I think that's a good thing because I put so much pressure on myself when I was trying to get to 18, then the rest, it was so much".
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