Two Duchesses at Wimbledon: Kate and Meghan to watch women's final

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And while she couldn't match the sheer power and form of Germany's Angelique Kerber on the day (Kerber won 6-3, 6-3), Williams certainly looks set to continue her tennis dominance in the years to come.

Angelique Kerber wasn't tipped for the title nor was she talked about.

The final started more than two hours late, because they had to wait for the end of Novak Djokovic's five-set victory over Rafael Nadal in a men's semifinal that was suspended the night before.

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The win was Kerber's third Grand Slam title - two of which she has now won against Williams - and she also became the first German since Steffi Graf in 1996, to win the Wimbledon title.

Williams had been the favourite despite it being only her fourth tournament since giving birth in September. She is one of the best players in the world.

The pair began working together in pre-season following Kerber's split from Torben Beltz, who had coached her for more than a decade.

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Now he faces the task of keeping Kerber motivated and not letting her form slip as it did after her US Open win in 2016.

It is fair to say that Kerber was a step up in competition and it showed in her performance in a final. "I know the feeling to going out there in the semi-finals, playing the finals", she said. The 25th seed also played into the German's hands hitting the net and making several unforced errors.

There was certainly no shame in Williams' defeat, particularly considering she was bedridden for six weeks as a result of life-threatening complications following the birth of her first child 10 months ago. Williams stepped up the ferocity, nearly taking Kerber's head off with a return at one stage, but was too error prone for the German, who made her play that extra ball. "Now I try to enjoy every single moment".

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"I didn't feel it was hard because when we started working she really had a very hard desire to go back to the top of women's tennis and she was also willing to work very hard for that", he said of restoring her confidence.

Despite so much Grand Slam success, despite holding a 6-2 career edge against Kerber entering the day, Williams played tightly right from the outset. "I'm literally just getting started, so I look forward to it", she added. Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too. Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam.

And Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, shared a story putting into perspective just how much Williams had come back from. "It's something I'm very proud of against the best player in the world".

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