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Wimbledon 2016 final: Serena Williams equals Graf's record

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 9, 2016, 5:35 pm IST
Updated Jul 9, 2016, 8:38 pm IST
The American beat Germany's Angelique Kerber to win 7th Wimbledon title and equaled Steffi Graf's record of winning 22 Grand Slam titles.
Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber to win her seventh Wimbledon title. (Photo: AP)
 Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber to win her seventh Wimbledon title. (Photo: AP)

London: Serena Williams held her nerve to get past a stiff challenge from Angelique Kerber and won her seventh Wimbledon title on Saturday. The American also equalled Steffanie Graf's record of winning 22 Grand Slams in the Open Era.

 

Serena, who did not have it easy in the first set, won the match 7-5, 6-3 taming Kerber.

 

The German threw everything in her arsenal at Serena but that was not enough as Serena was equal to the task as she once again showed why she is one of the greatest ever to play the sport.

Kerber, who lost the first set, showed solid fight till Serena broke her in the eighth game to lead the second set 5-3.

The German made the American work hard in the opening set. However, Serena, who was equal to the task, managed to pip Kerber in the 12th game and lead the women’s singles final by a set.

 

Williams and Angelique Kerber did not give an inch to each other to hold their nerves and serves as the first set was tied at 5-5.

There was not any shortage of breathtaking moments in the match as the finalists are putting up a terrific display at the Centre Court.

Serena, who started the proceedings, was quick to win the first game. Although the American had a chance to break Kerber in the second game, the German managed to tame Serena.

However, Serena broke Kerber's resistance to clinch the first set.

Serena Williams be chasing history as she takes on Angelique Kerber in Wimbledon final on Saturday. The American, who has 21 Grand Slams in singles against her name, is chasing Steffi Graf’s record of 22 major titles in Open Era.

 

Williams, who crushed Elena Vesnina in semifinals to register Wimbledon's quickest ever win, will be eager to continue her march. However, it won't be an easy task against the German who beat Serena in the Australian Open final.

Kerber was on a roll as she defeated Venus Williams in straight sets in the semifinals.

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