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Highlights, Wimbledon 2018 women's final: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to claim first title

The Wimbledon semi-final between Nadal and Djokovic will resume on Saturday, before the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. Follow our live blog for scores and updates from All England Club.

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Highlights, Wimbledon 2018 women's final: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to claim first title

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July 14, 2018 - 22:22 (IST)

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What an absorbing day of tennis this has been. It started with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal resuming their semi-final that the Serbian won in five gruelling sets. And then came the ladies singles between Angelique Kerber and sentimental favourite Serena Williams. Kerber showed her intentions early, cruising to a 0-3 lead before Serena won the next three games. But thereafter, it was the Kerber show all the way as her baseline defence, return game, and an error-prone opponent combined to give her her maiden Wimbledon title. 

Both Kerber and Djokovic won two Slams and reached a major final in 2016, had a forgettable 2017, and made their way to Wimbledon 2018 final. Kerber crossed the final hurdle in style,and Djokovic will be up against the big-serving Kevin Anderson tomorrow for his shot at glory.Do join us for LIVE scores and updates on the last day of The Championships. Till then, it's goodbye from us!

July 14, 2018 - 22:21 (IST)

That's that, then

July 14, 2018 - 22:19 (IST)

Champion

July 14, 2018 - 22:09 (IST)

Kerber's date with history

Angelique Kerber becomes the first German - man or woman - since Steffi Graf to win the Wimbledon singles. The last German woman to win the Wimbledon was Steffi Graf in 1996, while Michael Stich won the men's singles in 1991.

July 14, 2018 - 22:05 (IST)

Kerber is sure

July 14, 2018 - 22:03 (IST)

Just the third player to beat Serena in a Wimbledon final

July 14, 2018 - 22:02 (IST)

Class.

July 14, 2018 - 22:00 (IST)

6-3, 6-3

July 14, 2018 - 21:59 (IST)

The Royalty approves!

July 14, 2018 - 21:57 (IST)

She's done it!

Serena Williams goes for her eighth Wimbledon title and first Major championship since giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, on 1 September. The 36-year-old American takes on Angelique Kerber, who lost to Williams in the 2016 final.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, is playing just her fourth tournament since returning to action in March.

Highlights Wimbledon 2018 womens final Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to claim first title

Angelique Kerber poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish. AFP/Glyn Kirk

"It's been a crazy 10 months," Williams said. "I was still pregnant at this time last year. That's something I have to keep reminding myself."

Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is playing in her first Major final since her triumph at the 2016 US Open. The German has rebounded nicely from a disappointing 2017, also reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open and the quarters at the French Open.

"I think it is a completely new match," Kerber said. "She's coming back. For me also, I'm coming back from 2017."

They've played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2.

Before the women's final begins, the Centre Court crowd will be treated to the conclusion of the men's semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The former champions began their match after 8 pm local time on Friday after Kevin Anderson defeated John Isner in the second-longest match in Wimbledon history. Djokovic saved three set points before taking the third-set tiebreaker to establish a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9) lead.

While Anderson-Isner was mostly a serving duel with a few longer rallies thrown in, Djokovic and Nadal repeatedly slugged it out from the baseline, chasing each other around the court and coming up with spectacular winners from every corner.

Play will begin at 5.30 pm IST, with the women's final to follow.

Centre Court

Men's singles semi-final

Novak Djokovic (12), Serbia, leads Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), completion of suspended match.

Women's singles final

Angelique Kerber (11), Germany, vs Serena Williams (25), United States

Men's doubles final

Michael Venus, New Zealand and Raven Klaasen (13), South Africa, vs Mike Bryan, United States and Jack Sock (7), United States

Mixed doubles final

Barbora Krejcikova, Czech Republic and Katerina Siniakova (3), Czech Republic, vs. Kveta Peschke, Czech Republic and Nicole Melichar (12), United States

With inputs from agencies

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