A decade ago, 17-year-old
Sharapova, seeded fifth, ran into a determined German named
Kerber won, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. When Sharapova's final ground stroke drifted long, Kerber threw her hands in the air and told the first TV interviewer she met that "this is unbelievable."
She said she had done it, despite Sharapova's incredible grit and unwillingness to yield, by "believing in my game."
Sharapova’s Wimbledon record of 41-11 put her third among active players with Wimbledon victories, behind Venus and
She has won all four majors at least once, and made it twice at this year’s
Sharapova put herself deep in a hole in the final game, making three mistakes to start and then having to fight back. With each match point saved the drama built, and Sharapova never backed down, still going for depth and the lines with each shot.
In that game, there were six game points for Kerber (match points), two game points for Sharapova and four deuces.
The drama was not lost on Kerber, whose best Grand Slam tournament finishes have been semifinals at the 2011