Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-5, 6-3 in today’s Wimbledon final. It is Williams’ seventh Wimbledon championship and 22nd Grand Slam title.

The tightly contested match brought the best tennis out of both players, but Kerber’s inability to break Serena’s serve loomed large over the final result. This was the second time this year that the duo had met in the final of a major tournament, after Kerber topped Williams at the Australian Open in January.

The win ends a yearlong Grand Slam drought for Serena. After winning her 21st career Grand Slam title at last year’s Wimbledon, Williams lost in the semi-finals at the U.S Open and in the finals at the Australian and French Opens. The tension around the all-time great began to build after these deep, yet unsuccessful, runs.

Serena, 34, can now breathe a sigh of relief as she has finally tied Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles. This is the ninth major tournament Williams has won in her 30s. Graf was 30 years old when she retired in 1999.

Fourteen years after she won her first singles title at Wimbledon in 2002, Serena’s durability and resilience continue to amaze the sports world. And her time at this year’s Wimbledon is not yet finished, as Serena and her sister Venus are set to compete in the women’s doubles final later today.

Next up for Serena is the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro followed by the U.S. Open in New York City.

 

Joe Frieden is a staff writer covering the NBA and tennis for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter @SoFlaKing.

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Joe Frieden is a writer and content provider. A native South Floridian, he quickly developed an affinity for sports. He went on to attend Florida State University, where his passion was strengthened by the school's immense sports culture. Now back in South Florida, Joe loves to take advantage of the area's beautiful weather while keeping his finger on the pulse of the teams he grew up loving.

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