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Serena Williams wins Wimbledon, her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title

BY   July 9, 2016 at 12:20 PM EST
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Serena Williams celebrates winning her women’s singles final match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber with the trophy. Photo by Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

World No. 1 Serena Williams clinched the Wimbledon Championship on Saturday at the All England Club, winning her 22nd Grand Slam title.

The 7-5, 6-3 win puts her on line with Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slams won by a tennis player in the Open era. (The most held by a man is Roger Federer with 17 Grand Slams, and Margaret Court holds 24 Grand Slam titles, some of which she won before the Open era, which began in 1968.)

The win is her 7th Wimbledon title.

The 34-year-old American battled it out against the German World No. 4 Angelique Kerber, to whom she had lost in the finals of the Australian Open earlier this year.

In the first set, the German lefty forced Williams to consistently hit an inside out backhand to avoid her opponent’s strong forehand. Kerber counter-punched on the run, keeping Williams from getting to the net early in points. But in the end, it was the serve that distinguished the two.

For high-stakes points, Williams served big — with 13 aces.

After the first set, SportsCenter tweeted out this striking statistic:

Serena kept that record; she is now 20-0 in Grand Slam finals when she wins the first set.

“It was difficult not to think about [the record]. Knowing how hard I worked, it makes the victory sweeter,” Williams said accepting her trophy.

On accepting the runner-up trophy, Kerber said, “I would like to say congrats to Serena, you really deserved your title, you’re a great person, a great champion.”

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