World No. 1 Serena Williams won her 7th Wimbledon Title and now has tied Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slams in the Open Era with 22. Her straight set victory over Angelique Kerber 7-6, 6-3 was a testament of her grit and desire. With the victory, Williams ends her Grand Slam losing streak (US Open, Australian Open & French Open).
This was not an easy victory for Williams, facing the player who had beaten her in the Australian Open final in January but Kerber could not produce another shocker.
Fourteen years since she first won Wimbledon, Williams claimed the title for a seventh time after dropping just one set all tournament.
The world number one banished memories of last year, when she fell two matches short of a historic calendar Grand Slam, and of losing in the Australian and French Open finals this year.
“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it,” she said of finally winning number 22.
“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked hard for it.
“This court definitely feels like home, I have a match later today in the doubles, so I’ll be back out.”
Williams moves alongside German great Graf in the all-time list of Grand Slam singles champions, and just two behind overall leader Margaret Court, the Australian who won 13 of her 24 major titles before tennis turned professional in 1968.
.@SerenaWilliams 22 Grand Slams!
— WTA (@WTA) July 9, 2016
— WTA (@WTA) July 9, 2016
Steffi Graf: “What an incredible performance by Serena at Wimbledon. Such a gift to all sport fans who get to continue to watch her add to an already amazing career #22.”
Billie Jean King, six-time Wimbledon champion: “The difference was the serve, because their groundstrokes they matched up so well.
“It is the most beautiful serve ever. I remember seeing Serena when she was probably 11 or 12 and her technique was beautiful and she is such a terrific athlete.
“Serena hates losing and I think that is what makes her so great. If Serena can keep her motivation and stay healthy I think she can be the greatest ever. I think she is and will be, but she needs to do it.”
Lindsay Davenport, 1999 Wimbledon champion: “This has been the goal since Serena left the tournament 12 months ago, to get to 22 and seven Wimbledon titles.
“She has been a woman on a mission for two weeks. She had one iffy match against [Christina] McHale and that was it.”
John McEnroe, three-time Wimbledon champion: “I do think it is highly likely that will happen [Williams overtaking Court], she has tremendous will and desire. If you want to be the greatest of the great, that is the way you have to play.
“I don’t see anyone on the horizon that will mean she doesn’t get at least a couple more quickly.”