Posted by News Express | 14 July 2018 | 1,403 times
Serena Williams vowed to use the pain of her shock Wimbledon final defeat against Angelique Kerber to fuel her bid for future Grand Slam glory.
Williams was hoping to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 major titles by winning her eighth Wimbledon crown on Saturday.
But instead, the 36-year-old produced an error-strewn display in a 6-3, 6-3 loss that ranked as her first Wimbledon final defeat since 2008.
While Serena was frustrated by the surprise setback, she took heart from her run to the final in just the fourth tournament of her comeback following daughter Olympia’s birth in September.
“It was such an amazing tournament for me. I was really happy to get this far,” Williams said.
“It’s obviously disappointing, but I cannot be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to and I am just getting started.
“I entered Wimbledon just wanting to win some matches. It was super encouraging to know that I can compete and do well.”
Williams endured life-saving surgery after Olympia’s difficult delivery and serving as an inspiration to mothers all over the world had been part of the former world number one’s decision to return to tennis.
Her presence in the final of a Grand Slam in just her 14th match since that traumatic experience has convinced Serena she can catch Court and even break her record in the future.
“I didn’t know a couple of months ago how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road,” she said.
“So I think these two weeks have really showed me that, okay, I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams.
“I’m already deciphering what I need to improve on, what I did wrong, why I did it wrong, that whole madness that goes on in my mind.
“I just feel like I’m taking the steps in the right direction. I took a giant step at Wimbledon. But my journey has just begun.
“This is literally just the beginning. It’s good to just continue that path.”
•Culled from Channels TV report
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