America’s Serena Williams beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 and claimed a seventh Wimbledon singles title on Saturday, finally matching Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slam singles titles, reports The Huffington Post.
Kerber had already stopped Williams from winning her first grand slam title in the Australian Open final, and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza also kept Williams waiting to equal Graf’s record when she beat her in the French Open final last month.
Williams won her 21st grand slam against none other than Muguruza at last year’s Wimbledon, but then she stumbled again at the 2015 U.S. Open, where she lost against Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals.
But this time Williams would not go home without the title. The match was indeed fascinating and showed Williams’ and Kerber’s contrasting styles, but Williams’ destructive serve finally took down Kerber.
After the German was broken for the second time in the match in the seventh game of the second set, Williams sealed her victory with a simple volley, after which she collapsed to the turf.
Clutching her Venus Rosewater Dish, Williams declared: “It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it (Graf’s record). I had a couple of tries this year but lost to two great opponents, one of them being Angelique. But it makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it.” Then she turned to the crowd and said “Thank you guys for being out here to see number 22, this is awesome.”
Kerber, who warmly embraced Williams after the match, declared: “Serena was serving unbelievable today. She really played an unbelievable match. I think I didn’t lose the match, I think she won it.”