WIMBLEDON, Sporting Alert – Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber in straight sets, 7-5 6-3 to secure her seventh Wimbledon women’s singles title and 22nd Grand Slam.
“Finally I got to 22,” Williams said after her victory.
Williams, who came into the match as the favourite, dominated the contest on Saturday to finally win a Grand Slam this year, after coming into Wimbledon 2016 win a 0-2 record from in Grand Slam final.
Kerber defeated Serena in the final of the Australian Open in January, but the No. 4 seeded German had no answers for the top-ranked player’s powerful serving this time around.
Kerber, who defeated Serena’s older sister Venus Williams in her semi-finals on Thursday, was hoping to do the same on Saturday, but found the challenge a bit tougher against the 34-year-old.
Serena Williams dominated the battle this weekend, especially with her serves, with the American winning 89-percent of her points on the first serve.
The shakiest moment during the contest came in the second set when Kerber picked up a first break point at 3-3.
However, from then on it was all Williams, who responded well with consecutive aces to stay ahead.
The U.S. women’s tennis icon took advantage some nervous plays from Kerber to take a 5-3 lead before going on to serve for the title.
Serena was in no mood to prolong the contest either as she blasted to 40-0 before finishing things off with the next play.
The contest lasted for 80 minutes, as the world number one goes on to equal Steffi Graf’s professional era record of 22 grand slam women’s singles crowns.
“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it (Graf’s record),” Serena said.
“I had a couple of tries this year but lost to two great opponents, one of them being Angelique. But it makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it.”
She added: “Thanks you guys for being out here to see number 22, this is awesome.”