Serena beats Kerber in Wimbledon final to match Graf's record
July 09 2016 06:08 PM
US player Serena Williams poses with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish
US player Serena Williams poses with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Reuters/London

Serena Williams beat Germany's Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 to claim a seventh Wimbledon singles title and equal Steffi Graf's professional era record of 22 grand slam singles crowns on Saturday.

The 34-year-old American edged a high-quality final on a blustery Centre Court as she avenged a surprise loss to Kerber in the final of this year's Australian Open.
Fourth seed Kerber stuck to her guns in a fiercely-fought first set but wavered at 5-6 when a couple of unforced errors gave a fired-up Williams the chance to grab the opener, which she did on her second set point.
World number one Williams faced a moment of danger when Kerber earned a first break point at 3-3 in the second set but she responded by blasting down consecutive aces to stay ahead.
Under severe pressure throughout the contest Kerber crumbled in the next game, skewing a backhand wide to give Williams a 5-3 lead and the chance to serve for the title.
Williams was in no mood to prolong the contest and stormed 40-0 ahead, sealing victory with a volley on her first match point before collapsing backwards joyfully on to the Centre Court turf.



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