Many expected Serena Williams to claim her 24th Slam but it was Angelique Kerber who left with the trophy on Saturday afternoon. The German lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish for her third Grand Slam success, avenging defeat to Williams in the final two years ago.
Kerber's triumph captued the attention of fans and media alike. Here's how tennis writers saw Saturday's match:
"Kerber found the chalk with chilling frequency to become Germany’s first women’s champion since Steffi Graf in 1996." Leo Schlink, Herald Sun
"Nothing against Angelique Kerber, who is a great champion, but Kerber was playing just one opponent in the Wimbledon final. Williams was playing against a lot of them, including time and nature. In the end, time and nature won, but didn’t Williams give them a run for their money?" Sally Jenkins, Washington Post
"We’ve watched her as a solid Top 10 player who never seemed destined for the Hall of Fame. We’ve watched her surprise everyone, win two majors and reach No.1. We’ve watched her shrink from the brighter spotlight that came with her late success. And now we’ve watched her, at 30, gain an understanding of just what she’s capable of, and that includes beating Serena in a Wimbledon final." Steve Tignor, Tennis.com
"Kerber’s movement was superb. She has great footwork and demonstrated what an advantage it is to get into position to play your shots. There were times when she got so low on her legs on the baseline that you almost thought she was praying. Her serve is a useful weapon too and she’s added aggression to her game." Nick Bollettieri, The Independent
Kerber's victory was rapturously received back home in Germany, with Bild one publication of many to devote widespread coverage to their player's success. 'Sensational win against Williams," read the Bild Sport headline. "Kerber crowns herself Wimbledon queen."
Fellow players and commentators continued to shower Angelique with praise, with fellow German, and former Wimbledon champion, Boris Becker - along with Elena Vesnina and Daria Gavrilova - the latest to add their good wishes.