There was to be no fairytale ending as Serena Williams sought to win a 23rd Grand Slam title just 10 months after suffering life-threatening complications from giving birth to her first child.
The French Open stands between Kerber and the career Grand Slam, but Fissette takes confidence from her performance against Simona Halep in the quarter- final in Paris this year.
The 36-year-old, who last won a Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, went into the final as the title favorite, even though she was playing only the fourth tournament of her post-pregnancy comeback. Williams is now likely to set her sights on the U.S. Open next month, when she will once again try to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. But sandwiched between those two victories, was a defeat at the All England Club. She will want to do better because she lost but... The blood clots caused coughing which ruptured her cesarean section wound, and when doctors went forward with an attempt to fix this situation, they discovered a further hematoma in her abdomen.
"I think without 2017 I couldn't win this tournament", said the 30-year-old Kerber after seeing off Serena 6-3, 6-3. "For all the moms out there, I was playing for you today". The 25th seed also played into the German's hands hitting the net and making several unforced errors.More news: Japan cult leader's hanging closes chapter on shocking crime
Urged on by husband Alexis Ohanian and her celebrity supporters, Williams upped her aggression and noise level, almost taking out her opponent with a thunderous drive volley in the third game of the second set. "She's just getting started".
"Angelique played really well", Williams said. I mean, he battles every single point like it's his last. I just feel like to tell all the mums, like I had such a long struggle to come back and it was really hard, and honestly I feel like if I can do it, they can do it.
Williams' play was tight right from the outset. Getting to the final so soon after her pregnancy was a really fantastic thing. Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too. "It's something I'm very proud of against the best player in the world". But, yeah, I just have to add it to the list.