LONDON -- Angelique Kerber scrapped and scrambled and pushed Serena Williams to the limit.The German hustled from corner to corner for great gets, crouched low for squat shots, and mixed off-speed slices with searing flat winners.In the end, Kerbers stellar counter-punching defense was not enough to defuse the power game and booming serves of Williams, who prevailed 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Kerber beat Williams in three sets in the Australian Open final in January for her first Grand Slam title. But, this time, there was no stopping Williams from equaling Steffi Grafs Open-era record of 22 major championships.I think I played what I could today, the fourth-seeded Kerber said. Serena was serving unbelievable today. At the end I was trying everything, but she deserved it today. I was not the one who lost the match. I think she won the match.The left-handed Kerber had not dropped a set on the way to her second Grand Slam final of the year and beat Serenas sister, five-time champion Venus, in the semifinals. The 28-year-old Kerber was bidding to become the first player to beat the sisters back-to-back in the semifinals and final at a Grand Slam.But Serena had too much firepower: She served 13 aces, to none for Kerber. The German had only nine unforced errors, to go with 12 winners. But Williams piled up 39 winners, along with 21 unforced errors.Today just her serve was much better, Kerber said. On grass the serve is also a little bit strange because its tougher to return it. That was the only thing which changed from Australia.Kerber came out fighting from the start, trading hard groundstrokes with Williams, mixing up her play and holding serve. But a brief lapse in the 12th game proved costly. Serving at 6-5 down, 15-all, Kerber made a forehand error followed by a backhand error to suddenly give Williams two break and set points.Kerber saved the first with an easy forehand, but Williams converted on the next with a cross-court backhand winner to take the first set.I think I was still playing not bad, Kerber said. I think Serena was returning better there. She was just going for it. I played two points a little bit too short, and she was there, and she goes for it. She did everything right.Kerber didnt fold. She picked up her game in the second set, pumping her arms to celebrate winners as the Centre Court crowd tried to will her back into the match.Kerber finally earned a break point -- her only one of the match -- at 3-3. At 30-40, Williams turned to her biggest weapon: She hit a 117 mph ace to save the break point, followed with a 124 mph ace and held for 4-3.This is how Serena is playing, Kerber said. I had one breakpoint, and I couldnt do (anything).In the next game, Kerber went up 40-15 but Williams began attacking and forced a break point. Kerber hit perhaps her worst shot of the match -- a backhand long -- to concede the break. Williams served out the match at love.Of course, Im disappointed, Kerber said. But at the end Im also proud about that what I did. That makes it a little easier for me.Kerber will move up to No. 2 in the rankings next week behind Williams, who has been No. 1 since February 2013.I think its tough to follow in her footsteps, Kerber said. Im going my own way. I think Im on a good way to play better and better. I hope that I will reach a few more finals and maybe win a few more Grand Slams.---Follow Stephen Wilson on Twitter: www.twitter.com/stevewilsonap. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/stephen-wilson http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redskins-Preston-Smith-Jersey/ .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redskins-Josh-Doctson-Jersey/ . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redskins-Trent-Williams-Jersey/ . The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tours FedEx Cup and European Tours Race to Dubai in the same season. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what Ive achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedEx Cup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," he said. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Hats/ . Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home. http://www.redskinsrookiestore.com/Redskins-Niles-Paul-Jersey/ . LUCIE, Fla. DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez was confident he wouldnt miss any extended time after suffering a sprained left ankle Wednesday night.Sure, its painful, he says. Its nothing compared to the ache his team would feel without him, though.Gonzalez homered twice before leaving the game with what looked like a bad sprain in the Rockies 12-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Gonzalez had his 19th multi-homer game of his career with Nos. 22 and 23 this season. He was then forced to exit the game in the bottom of the seventh after rolling his ankle in the batters box.Gonzalezs prognosis: I wont be out.I hope that tomorrow I will feel a little bit better, he added. If I feel a little bit better, itll be good enough to play. Just tape it and go out there and have fun with my team.Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and DJ LeMahieu also went deep in Colorados 11th win in 13 games that moved it above the .500 mark for the first time since May 18.The Rockies latest streak has them within three games of the second NL wild card, with three teams between them and St. Louis. Gonzalez missing any substantial amount of time would hamper any postseason hopes -- especially since rookie shortstop Trevor Story (thumb) was already lost for the remainder of the season.Its been fun, Gonzalez said. Its fun when you get wins. We are playing good baseball right now.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was moved to the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day, and right-hander Louis Coleman (shoulder fatigue) and left-hander Adam Liberatore were also placed on the DL -- giving Los Angeles an NL-record 25 players put there this season.Arenado made things worse for the Dodgers from there, hitting a three-run home run to spark a five-run first inning off starter Brock Stewart (0-2). Reynolds added a two-run blast put the Rockies ahead 5-2.Later, LeMahieu and Gonzalez homered as part of a four-run fifth. Gonzales went deep again in the sixth.I am frustrated, Stewart said. The bullpen session beffore the game was great.dddddddddddd Everything was working and then everything stayed flat during the game.It was a rough night, thats for sure.Tyler Anderson (4-3), meanwhile, allowed two runs in seven innings for Colorado. He struck out six and walked two. His lone blemish came in the first inning when Justin Turner hit a two-run home run.Anderson has been outstanding, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. Hes a pretty amazing story when you think about it. Not pitching at all a year ago. He showed up at the big league level hitting the ground level. Hes given us a quality start every time out.SCOREBOARD WATCHING(This is) when the fun starts, Weiss said of the wild-card race. This is time of year where you get to watch the scoreboard and youre paying attention to the other games. Theres that focus and emphasis on your game every night, to win every night. Thats fun.Its a lot easier showing up to the ballpark under those circumstances.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: Kershaw (back) wont be eligible to return until Aug. 27 at the earliest. ... LHP Rich Hill (hand) threw around 50 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday. He looked real good and executed all his pitches, Roberts said. ... RHP Bud Norris threw a bullpen session and could make his next start this weekend.Rockies: SS Story (thumb) will undergo surgery Thursday in Denver. Story suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Saturdays win over the Mets.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (9-7, 3.23 ERA) has had some early success against the Rockies this season. In two starts against Colorado, the Japanese pitcher has allowed just one run and struck out 17 in 13 innings.Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (10-6, 3.50 ERA) has allowed just one run and four hits in his previous two starts. Less impressive is the fact that he also gave up 12 walks in 12 innings during those starts. Jerseys NFL China NFL Jerseys Outlet China NFL Hoodies China Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China NFL T-shirts From China Cheap Authentic Jerseys NFL Jerseys Outlet Cheap Authentic Jerseys Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys ' ' '