Serena Williams Wins Her 22nd Grand Slam: Equals the highest score set by Steffi Graf

Today’s Women’s Wimbledon Final has been the best I’ve watched so far. It was between Angelique  Kerber and Serena Williams. They played each other in 2016, Australian Final and Kerber won the title. They both played well today but Serena got the upper hand.

Williams 6-3 Kerber. That’s it! Williams wins

Ruthless, ferocious serving from Williams. Bang, bang, bang. It’s 40-0. Williams comes to t he net, Kerber gamely defending but she has dished the ball up… Williams with a volley for the title…. she nails it. It ended with a warm embrace and accolades towards each other during the trophy presentation.

“I would like to saw congrats to Serena. You are a great champion and a great person. It is an honour to play you in a final. I think we played a great final.

It is the best feeling to play on centre court, you guys are the best. The best feeling I have had.

I would like to say thank you to my box. You are amazing. [Gets emotional] You are the best you always believe in me and support me and sometimes I am not easy.”, Angelique said.

“Thank you to God Jehovah for letting me be out here I could not have done it without Him.

I love playing Angelique she brings out the best in me. And off the court she is a wonderful person.

I had a couple of tries this year to get the 22nd and I lost to a couple of great players.

I love you guys [crowd] so much.

My sister has inspired me so much to be here and be myself.”, Serena said.

This win for Williams ties her with Steffi Graf’s Open-Era record of 22 grand slams, and gives her the chance to break the record at the US Open in September. It’s also Williams’ seventh Wimbledon singles title.

Were Kerber to win, it would be her second grand slam title and put to bed any suggestion she’s a one slam wonder.

On the subject of Serena chasing down Graf’s record, have a read of Simon Briggsexcellent piece previewing this match and outlining the pressure Williams is under.

For Kerber, there is an extra subplot involving her friend, idol and mentor Steffi Graf. Because, for the past year, Williams has stood poised on 21 grand-slam titles, one behind Graf’s Open-era record of 22. Yet the world No. 1 has not been able to pass the threshold, despite reaching two finals and one semi-final in that time. No wonder Williams was so brusque on Thursday when asked what that magic figure of 22 would mean to her. “I don’t know,” she replied. “My goal has never been 22. I don’t talk about that anymore.”

Revenge mission

The big narrative going into this one of course is whether Williams could avenge the defeat she suffered to Kerber at the Australian Open final in January. On that day Kerber was at her durable best, and she came up with a number of incredible passing shots to leave Serena helpless at the net. Need we say more, Serena slayed!



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