- Kerber 6-3 6-3 Williams
- German secures first Wimbledon title
- Williams was chasing eighth major at SW19
In Williams' box were sporting royalty, golfer Tiger Woods and Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as fashion icon Anna Wintour.
The stars had certainly aligned on Centre Court to watch the American, who was one win away from tying Margaret Court for the all-time lead in grand slams and collecting a maiden major as a mum.
But Angelique Kerber's straightforward victory means the 36-year-old will have to wait a little longer to make further history.
Kerber, who had flown under the radar in this tournament due to Williams' inspirational tale and the exodus of top-10 seeds,
beat the 23-time grand slam winner 6-3 6-3 in 65 minutes to make some history of her own.
The 11th seed became the first German winner at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996, which might make up somewhat for the country's surprise early exit
from the World Cup.
'A dream come true'
Williams doesn't often lose grand slam finals -- in 30 major finals, this is only her seventh loss -- but Kerber became the first person other than the American's older sibling, Venus, to beat her more than once in a grand slam final.