World number one Serena Williams has on Saturday (9/07/2016) crashed Angelique Kerber to win 22nd Grand Slam in the Wimbledon 2016 Tennis final.
Williams beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 to claim a seventh Wimbledon singles title and equal Steffi Graf’s professional era record of 22 grand slam singles crowns on Saturday.
“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it. I don’t know what else to say. I’m so excited,” said an elated Williams.
The fourth-seeded Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January but could not outclass the veteran on Saturday. It was the first time in a decade two women met to decide multiple major titles in a single season and it was Serena Williams who ended up the victor.
“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it. This court definitely feels like home, I have a match later today in the doubles, so I’ll be back out,” she stated.
Williams had initially tried and failed three times to win her 22nd major title but she finally got over the line with a performance that owed as much to nerve as to skill.
According to Billie Jean King, a six-time Wimbledon champion, the only difference was the serve, because their groundstrokes matched up all the way.
“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,” reiterated the six-time champion.
The Grand Slam tennis tournament is taking place at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. It commenced on 27 June 2016 and will conclude on Sunday (10/07/2016).