World No. 1 Serena Williams, on her third try, got her 22nd career Grand Slam title on Saturday at Wimbledon, tying Steffi Graf’s record and putting Margaret Court’s 24 in her sights.
Williams beat Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final at the All England Club, avenging a loss earlier this year in the Australian Open final. It was Williams’ third opportunity to tie Graf this year after losing in the Aussie Open final and the French Open final to Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
Were Williams to win a 23rd Grand Slam title it would be an Open Era record (since 1968), as Court’s Slam titles occurred in 1960-1973, eight years of winning Slam titles when only a select group of players were allowed to contest Slams.
It was Williams’ seventh Wimbledon singles title, tying Graf and behind Martina Navratilova’s nine, and her first Slam title since last year at Wimbledon.
“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it,” Williams said. “I love playing her. Shes such a great opponent. She brings out great tennis in me.”
The dominant performance included losing only five points on her first serve and landing 13 aces.
Kerber’s only break point opportunity came at 3-3, 30-40, an opportunity that Serena erased with two aces.
Kerber with the effort will rise to No. 2 behind Williams on the WTA Rankings.
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