And after a shattering quarter-final exit at this year's Roland Garros, which saw his world ranking slump to its lowest in 12 years, the Serb even considered sitting out Wimbledon where he has been champion in 2011, 2014 and 2015. "She looks like a skater but she moves like a puck". Former World No 1 Boris Becker has picked Serena has the victor against Angelique Kerber when the two clash in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
Kerber made just five unforced errors compared to Williams' 24 as the German reversed the result of the 2016 final. Since then the pair have become confidants who enjoy a glass of wine and a game of backgammon together, as well as being occasional practice partners.
She then made the semis at Wimbledon in 2012, before having to wait until her 2016 Australian Open breakthrough to again get past the quarter-finals of a major.
The American was also trying to take her grand slam total for singles to 24, which would equal the all-time record held by WA tennis legend Margaret Court since 1973. She is the first German to win a Wimbledon Singles title since Steffi Graf in 1996. "You will have your next Grand Slam, and you will have it soon I am sure", she said after her win.
"But this is just awesome".
"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament. To win Wimbledon, it's something really special".
And when she swung her racket, the measure was nearly always true.
The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex will make their first joint appearance without their husbands as they attend Wimbledon ladies' final day.
"In 2017 there were a few ups and downs", said Kerber who finished past year out of the top 10 for the first time since 2012. She declined to do the victory lap that runner ups generally participate in, left the second-place dish on the chair, and gave an emotional interview afterwards.
Fissette, who has coached Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Jo Konta, is known as being very detailed and analytical. "It's been a insane 10 months", Williams said.
Kerber is much more than a defender. I look forward to continuing to being back out here and doing what I do best'. The tennis player also dedicated her effort to all of the mothers out there.
The tennis star, who had previously remained coy about whether Meghan would be seen cheering her on, spoke out on Thursday after Kensington Palace confirmed the news.