Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon, Ties Steffi Graf With 22 Grand Slam Titles


Serena Williams just made history.

The world No. 1 defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday in one of the most exciting and impressive Wimbledon singles finals in recent memory. It was Williams’ seventh Wimbledon title and her 22nd Grand Slam win, tying her with Steffi Graf for the second-most among women’s singles players.

Williams and Kerber went back and fourth in the first set, putting together some fantastic volleys and trading match points until Williams pulled away at the end. The second set was much of the same, but when Kerber earned her first break point of the match, Williams came roaring back with back-to-back aces and dominated her way to a 6-3 win.

Williams won all her points on 13 aces and and forced 24 Kerber errors.

Wimbledon was the first Grand Slam final Williams won since last year’s contest after losing the 2015 U.S. Open in the semifinals and the 2016 Australian and French Open finals. Her seven Wimbledon wins tie Graf for second-most behind Martina Navratilova’s nine, and she needs two more Grand Slam wins to tie Margaret Court for the most.

Williams isn’t done at Wimbledon, either, as she’s playing in the doubles final Saturday with her sister Venus Williams against Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova.

Kerber isn’t going home a loser, though, as she hadn’t lost a single set in the tournament until the finals and will move from world No. 4 to No. 2.

Thumbnail photo via Susan Mullane/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jul 7, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Serena Williams (USA) reacts during her match against Elena Vesnina (RUS) on day 11 of the 2016 The Championships Wimbledon. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
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