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.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016
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.
After 11 straight holds of serve Serena finally pounces, breaking with some excellent tennis to take the first 7-5 pic.twitter.com/85Lop0VfZC— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016
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.
5 aces.— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016
Serena posting some excellent numbers but Kerber's holding her own. On serve at 4-3. pic.twitter.com/CvzSNNVGsa
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.
It all comes down to this.— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016
It's Serena v Kerber for the right to be crowned the 2016 Ladies' Singles champion... https://t.co/4QpRIRJ5fL
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....