The look of triumph! Serena Williams beat out Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 at Wimbledon on Saturday, July 9, tying her with tennis legend Steffi Graf for the Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam singles.
“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it,” the 34-year-old athlete told reporters after her win, according to USA Today.
Williams had a slower start this season after losing two of her Grand Slam finals earlier this year — the Australian Open and the French Open.
Her win on Saturday, however, marks her seventh singles title at Wimbledon, and puts her down in history as neck-and-neck with Graf’s previously undisputed 22 Grand Slam titles record.
The emotional tennis pro told reporters “22 has never been my goal,” but that it was “incredibly difficult” not to think about Graf’s record going into Saturday’s game.
“Never forget to love yourself,” she posted words of wisdom to social media on Friday, July 7.
#Serena ?? I bow down. And am simultaneously uplifted.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 9, 2016
— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) July 9, 2016
Man I’m crying. @serenawilliams just put a small bandaid on my heart! Thank you!!!! Thank you my beautiful friend!
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) July 9, 2016
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 9, 2016
— Joan Smalls (@joansmalls) July 9, 2016
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 9, 2016
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) July 9, 2016
YES SERENA YES
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) July 9, 2016
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