Serena Williams, the world’s number one female tennis player, has defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber today at the All England Club, thus winning her seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title.
Wimbledon 2016 final has taken place in London, and with this majestic victory, Serena has managed to finally equal Steffi Graf’s open-era record of 22 grand slam singles titles. And at 34 years old, she became the oldest woman ever to win a grand slam.
Both players have had masterful performances during their runs to the final, but this time Serena’s experience weighed more and she managed to outdo her opponent.
The match was a high-quality one, with the American’s performance impressing through balance and control, while the German player – in her first Wimbledon final – refused to be daunted by Serena’s experience and proved to be a difficult contender. However, some loose errors from Kerber gave Williams the upper hand.
She won 7-5, 6-3 over Kerber, and she admitted that getting to this result has caused her some sleepless nights and a lot of work.
“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it [the record]. It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it,” she told in an interview to BBC.
Family and friends were on Centre Court to support Williams, including sister Venus, Beyonce, Jay Z and Ellen DeGeneres, and she did her best not to disappoint them.