It's just the beginning, says beaten Serena

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Williams tried everything to get back into the match but her afternoon was rather summed up by the drive volley she placed over the baseline in the final game after a stunning rally. Williams, 36, who was seeking a 24th Grand Slam title, 10 months after having her first child and dealing with a serious health scare.

Sitting in the Royal Box, ready to watch friend Serena Williams play in the Women's Singles Final, the Duchesses shared plenty of giggles.

"It's obviously disappointing but I can't be disappointed", Williams said. Terrific playing from two legends of the court.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "If a match is 12-all in the fifth set, I don't think it needs to continue". "It was definitely a different game [than I've seen this tournament], but at times she hit the ball really hard".

So far this tournament Williams has progressed serenely and dropped just the one set against Camila Giorgi in the quarter-final.

But it was all about Kerber as she absorbed everything Williams threw at her and counter-punched in very effective fashion. I never played at 1 or anything, so I was always second after.

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"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today", she said.

After taking the opening two points, Wiliiams made four miscues in a row to get broken.

Kerber stuck with her tactics in the second set, breaking in the sixth, and the sight of Williams falling to the ground in frustration when she missed a straightforward lob for 30-0 when Kerber was serving for the match summed up her day.

The 11th seed knew what it took to beat Serena in a Grand Slam showpiece after winning their 2016 Australian Open final.

Come Saturday, all eyes will be on her sister, Kate, who will join Meghan in cheering on Serena Williams. Perhaps more impressive was this: She broke Williams in 4 of 9 service games. 'Honestly, I just feel like it was a necessary evil.

Before the women's final begins, the Centre Court crowd will be treated to the conclusion of the men's semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

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