Angelique Kerber pays tribute Serena Williams

Kerber beat Williams in two Grand Slam finals.

by Dzevad Mesic
Angelique Kerber pays tribute Serena Williams

Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber credits Serena Williams for "changing the game of tennis forever" and added it was an honor and privilege every time she stepped onto the court to play her. On Friday, Williams' career came to an end after a US Opn third round loss to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Kerber, 34, clashed Williams nine times and ended on the winning side three times. Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam champion, beat Williams in two Grand Slam finals (2016 Australian Open and 2018 Wimbledon). Williams defeated Kerber when they clashed in the 2016 Wimbledon final.

"Thank you @serenawilliams," Kerber wrote on Instagram. "You’ve changed the game of tennis forever. Through all the different phases of your career, your love for the sport was always present. It‘s truly been an honour to play in the era that you‘ve defined and I’m privileged to share some of the most memorable matches in my career with you.

Your personal achievements are one part of the story that cannot be praised enough but you‘ve also helped built the stage for a whole generation of players, including myself, and I’m sure you’ll continue to inspire far beyond your active career."

Kerber skipped the US Open

After withdrawing from Toronto and Cincinnati, Kerber announced pregnancy.

Even though Kerber was contemplating to compete at the US Open, she decided to skip the tournament and focus on her pregnancy in the next couple of months. “I really wanted to play the US Open but eventually I decided that two against one just isn’t a fair competition,” Kerber wrote on Twitter.

“For the next months, I will take a break from travelling the globe as a tennis player but then again, I believe it’s for the best possible reason I will miss all of you." This season, Kerber captured one title.

The week before the French Open, Kerber won Strasbourg. Kerber will likely return to action sometimes during the 2023 season.

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