LONDON, Great Britain
It was a tightly drawn match from start to finish, but Serena Williams outgunned kerber in straight sets to win her seventh Wimbledon title - a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title.
Playing in their second Grand Slam final of 2016, the No.4 seed kerber came out on fire against the World No.1, and neither player gave an inch. The pair held on to their serves for the first eleven games of the match, a baseline battle punctuated by sizzling rallies.
But a pair of costly errors from Kerber, serving to stay in the set at 6-5, gave the defending champion the first break of the match to take the opening set.
Kerber brought up her first break point at 3-3 in the second - the first break point Serena had faced since her fourth round match against kuznetsova - but the World No.1 responded in emphatic fashion. She fired off a pair of back to back aces and outpaced Kerber to see off the chance.
Serena summoned up one last break of serve, then reeled off a monster service game to clinch the match and The Championships, 7-5, 6-3.