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July 09, 2016 | Uhuruspirit

Serena Williams celebrates after winning the Wimbledon ladies singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany Saturday. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title on Saturday and made yet another mark in the tennis record books.

Williams beat Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in Saturday’s final, a victory that gives her 22 Grand Slam singles titles in her career. She is now tied with Steffi Graf for the most major titles in tennis’s Open era, which began in 1968. Margaret Court holds the all-time record, with 24.

Williams has pursued this record-tying title since she won Wimbledon last year. But she lost in the semifinals of last year’s U.S. Open, where she had a chance to become the first woman since Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same season.

Earlier this year, Williams lost in the final of the Australian Open, against Kerber. In the French Open final, she lost to Garbiñe Muguruza.

Williams arrived at Wimbledon with wounded confidence, and she played a shaky match in the second round, against fellow American Christina McHale. The struggle upset her and inspired her. She rolled over her next four opponents. In the final, though, Kerber, a 28-year-old lefty from Germany, proved difficult.

After Williams failed to convert on three break points in Kerber’s first service game, they played even—with many highlights—until Williams broke serve to close out the set. She pumped her fists and looked up to her box, where her family, coaches and friends, including artists Beyoncé and Jay Z, cheered for her.

The second set was tense too, and full of long rallies, timely serves from Williams, and remarkable backhands from Kerber. But just as Kerber seemed to be gaining momentum, she was broken and Williams served out the match at love in seconds.

She dropped to her back and raised her hands before standing and embracing Kerber over the net. Williams said it was a relief to tie Graf’s record.

“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it,” she told the BBC after the match. “It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it.”

Williams wasn’t done yet on Centre Court. She was scheduled to play in the women’s doubles final with her sister, Venus.


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