Kerber staring down Wimbledon history

Angelique Kerber must stare down tennis history and the most ferocious competitor the women’s game has ever seen to write her name in Wimbledon folklore on Saturday.

The German underdog will be striving to repeat her stunning Australian Open final triumph over Serena Williams and clinch a second grand slam crown in six months.

But the size of the challenge is immense.

No woman has ever managed to beat both Williams sisters at London’s SW19 en route to the title.

Winners of 11 of the past 16 titles between them, Serena and Venus have dominated the grasscourt major like no others.

Kerber also knows Serena will be bent on exacting revenge for her Melbourne Park loss and for downing Venus in the semis to thwart family hopes of a fifth all-Williams title showdown.

“She lost the (Australian Open) final against me and I know she’ll go out and try everything to beat me now,” the fourth seed said.

“I will just try to going out there like in Australia, trying to show her, OK, I’m here to win the match as well.”

Runner-up to Garbine Muguruza at Roland Garros and a shock semi-final loser to Roberta Vinci at last year’s US Open, Williams is desperate to finally secure an elusive 22nd grand slam singles title.

Win or lose, and regardless of whether she equals Steffi Graf’s open-era record, the 34-year-old insists she plans on continuing her pursuit for major glory for a while yet.

Kerber, at 29, has her own goals and has the chance to become the first German since Graf 20 years ago to hoist the trophy at the All England Club.

“I don’t know if I watched this match, but I watched a lot of Wimbledon finals from her,” Kerber said.

“I mean, yeah, I know that 20 years ago she won here the last time. Of course I will try to be the next one to win here after Steffi.

“I’m, of course, excited to be in the Wimbledon final right now. That was always a dream for me to being one day on the Centre Court, the last day and playing the final.”

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