Serena Williams wins 7th Wimbledon, 22nd overall Major title

Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber on Saturday to capture her 7th Wimbledon title, tying Steffi Graf with a record 22nd Grand Slam title.

After clinching her 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, Serena Williams fell backwards onto the Centre Court grass, the weight of pressure and a long year of disappointment finally off her shoulders.

Williams captured her seventh Wimbledon championship on Saturday, tying Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 major singles titles with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber.

In a rematch of this year’s Australian Open final, which Kerber won in three sets, Williams mitigated the unforced errors that sank her chances in Melbourne and overwhelmed the German with an impressive display of power. Williams, 34, smashed 13 aces and 39 winners on Saturday, lifting the world’s top–ranked player to her second straight title at the All England Club.

Williams’s quest for her 22nd major title has been longer than most expected after Williams won No. 21 at Wimbledon last year. She was the overwhelming favorite to win the 2015 U.S. Open, but she fell in the semifinals to unseeded Roberta Vinci. At this year’s Australian Open, Kerber upset Williams in the final, and a few months later she lost to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final, marking the first time Williams had lost consecutive major finals.

“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it,” Williams said after Saturday’s match.