Serena Williams just solidified her status as one of the greatest athletes of all time with another stunning win at Wimbledon. Williams beat Angelique Kerber Saturday in the Wimbledon women’s singles final, with a score of 7-5, 6-3, as her older sister Venus looked on, alongside Serena’s old pals Beyoncé and Jay Z.
“Angelique, I love playing her, she’s such a great opponent. When we walk off court, she’s such a great person to be around, always smiling. Thank you for being that great person,” Williams told her opponent. As for the pressure she was under to get that 22nd Grand Slam, she said, “It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it. I had a couple of tries this year, lost to two great opponents. Thank you for being out here to say number 22. I love you guys so much. This court definitely feels like home. I have a match out here in doubles, so I’ll be back out here later on.” She added, “I don’t know what else to say.”
Williams is now neck-and-neck with former pro Steffi Graf when it comes to Grand Slam singles titles, with Margaret Court holding the record with 24 wins. Williams got a well-deserved standing ovation when she received the ladies’ singles trophy for the seventh time.
Serena will be back out for her doubles match with sister Venus against Hungary’s Timea Babos and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova later today.