Serena Williams did not win her 24th Grand Slam title Saturday, but her appearance in the Wimbledon final should be remembered as the most significant run of her career because 10 months ago, she nearly died. Kerber, a left-hander, is ranked 92 worldwide and has won two major titles: the 2016 Australian Open and the 2016 U.S. Open.
Williams said: "We've always had a wonderful friendship".
"It's just a dream come true again", Kerber said.
Williams, 36, had been attempting to win a first Grand Slam since giving birth to her daughter Olympia in September.
"I nearly didn't make it to be honest", Williams said Thursday - after her semifinal win against Julia Goerges - of her post-delivery complications. "She's coming back. For me also, I'm coming back from 2017".
Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts after winning against US player Serena Williams during their women's singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon. "I'm literally just getting started".
"It's been a insane 10 months", Williams said. You could see it in her body language, she really settled in.
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The former champions began their match after 8 p.m. local time on Friday after Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner in the second-longest match in Wimbledon history.
She briefly hit back, breaking to love in the fourth game, but then produced another error-strewn effort, including two double faults, to gift a 4-3 lead to Kerber.
Williams dialled in quickly, however and soon 0-2 became 3-2, sealed with a 125 miles per hour ace.
Despite the higher level of her opponents, the German had dropped the same number of sets as Williams.
The match is being played with the Centre Court roof closed - the same conditions that the first three sets were played under.
Williams explained that Markle's come to support her during Wimbledon over the past couple of years and now, her role and position has changed, but that their friendship remains very much the same.