Grand Slam No 22 for Queen Serena
Williams had been stuck on 21 Grand Slams since winning last year\'s Wimbledon, but the American star ended that frustrating barren spell to retain the title and draw level with Steffi Graf\'s Open era record.
London : Serena Williams powered to her seventh Wimbledon crown as the world number one finally claimed a record-equalling 22nd major title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber of Germany in Saturday's final.
Williams had been stuck on 21 Grand Slams since winning last year's Wimbledon, but the American star ended that frustrating barren spell to retain the title and draw level with Steffi Graf's Open era record.
Serena was pushed hard by Kerber in a high-quality clash lasting 81 minutes on Centre Court, but the German fourth seed eventually crumbled under a barrage of 39 winners and 13 aces from the defending champion.It's a great feeling to be here. Angelique brings out great tennis in me,” said Serena.“Number 22 is awesome. Centre Court feels like home.
Kerber said the American was a great champion. “Serena you deserve it, you are a great champion and great person. We played a great match,” said Kerber.Having avenged her shock loss against Kerber in the Australian Open final in January, Williams was wreathed in smiles as she paraded the Venus Rosewater Dish around Centre Court after collecting a cheque for $2.5 million.
But the far more significant reward is the knowledge she has reestablished her supremacy at a time when doubters were beginning to question the 34-year-old's hunger for more silverware after consecutive Slam final defeats this year.
In a testament to her remarkable longevity, Serena is once again Wimbledon's queen 14 years after her first success at the All England Club. Equalling Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles will be Serena's next goal.