It was not meant to be for Serena Williams as Angelique Kerber comfortably beat the record-chasing American in straight sets to secure a first Wimbledon title and third grand slam.
Williams was chasing an eighth Wimbledon crown and a first major as a mum, which would have drawn her level with Margaret Court on 24 grand slam titles, but the 36-year-old suffered defeat in just over an hour.
“To all the moms out there, I was playing out there for you today and I tried,” Williams said on court immediately after defeat, her third in a Wimbledon final.
“Angelique played really well. I look forward to continuing to be out here and do what I do best. She’s an incredible person and a really good friend so I’m really happy for her. I know she’s going to enjoy it and enjoy the moment.”
It took Kerber, the 11th seed who retrieved brilliantly in the match, just 65 minutes to get the better of Williams on Centre Court.
Kerber becomes the first German to win at SW19 since Steffi Graf won the women’s title in 1996.