Monday, 11 July 2016

Serena Williams wins Wimbledon for historic 22nd grand slam title

Serena Williams poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her women's singles final victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Wimbledon (CNN)This time, Serena Williams wouldn't be denied.
Deprived of a record-tying 22nd grand slam title in the Australian Open and French Open finals this year, Williams got to No. 22 Saturday by defeating a dogged Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in a high-quality Wimbledon final.




It was the same Kerber who beat Williams in Melbourne in January but the world No. 1 turned the tables on the grass at the All England Club with a clinical display of power tennis amid windy conditions.

"I have definitely had some sleepless nights with a lot of stuff, coming so close and feeling it and not being able to get there," Williams, who was also foiled in her bid to achieve a calendar-year grand slam at last year's U.S. Open, told reporters.
"This tournament I came in with a different mindset. In Melbourne I thought I played well but Angelique played great, and better. So I knew going into this one I needed to be calm and be confident and play the tennis I've been playing for well over a decade."
"I have definitely had some sleepless nights with a lot of stuff, coming so close and feeling it and not being able to get there," Williams, who was also foiled in her bid to achieve a calendar-year grand slam at last year's U.S. Open, told reporters.
"This tournament I came in with a different mindset. In Melbourne I thought I played well but Angelique played great, and better. So I knew going into this one I needed to be calm and be confident and play the tennis I've been playing for well over a decade."
The 34-year-old struck 39 winners. Williams only faced one break point, at 3-3 in the second, and saved it with one of her 13 aces.
"Of course it feels disappointing, that's for sure," Kerber, who finished with a respectable 12 winners and nine unforced errors, told reporters. "But also I know that I played a good final.
"I lost against a really strong Serena today. This makes it a little bit better, that I know that she won the match, not that I lost the match, because she played very well."
Williams and Kerber's fellow German Steffi Graf now tally 22 majors, the most in the Open Era of professional tennis. Talk now will surely center on the American attempting to get to Margaret Court's 24 grand slams, the all-time record. Court was in attendance Saturday.
Williams was claiming her 22nd grand slam title to tie Steffi Graf on the all-time list. Williams didn't want to dwell on the next step up the ladder, especially since she endured struggles to win her 18th major -- tying Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova -- and the 22nd.
"One thing I learned about last year is to enjoy the moment," said Williams. "I'm definitely going to enjoy this."
At 3-3, not only did Williams produce the ace on break point but she hit another ace to earn a game point. Seeing that rare chance dissipate, Kerber was broken in the next game and Williams held to love to close out the one hour, 21-minute affair.
"Today when she's in trouble at 15-30, boom, boom, this is Serena," said Mouratoglou. "When she needs to lift her level to close it, this is Serena. I didn't see that for eight months."
After authoring a winning volley on match point, Williams fell backward onto the grass. Williams and Kerber then exchanged a long hug to cap an enthralling battle.
Williams lies on the ground after clinching her victory against Kerber to win Wimbledon for the seventh time.
Kerber was full of confidence after beating Williams in the final of this year's Australian Open.
Kerber was full of confidence after beating Williams in this year Australian's Open.
"I just said to her, 'Congrats,' and that she's a champion," said Kerber.
Indeed. And not just any champion.
Star quality: Jay Z and Beyonce watch on as Williams and Kerber battle it out in the women's singles final.
Star Quality: Jay-Z and Beyonce watch on as Williams and Kerber battle it out in the women's single final
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