July 11, 2016

CHAMPION: Serena Williams

Williams wins Wimbledon title to equal Steffi Graf’s grand slam record.

It was third time lucky for Serena Williams as she finally matched Steffi Graf, but her coach warns that the American is not done yet.

The 34-year-old won her 22nd grand slam singles title by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5 and 6-3 to claim a seventh Wimbledon crown on Saturday.

And she followed that up by winning the Ladies’ doubles title with her sister, Venus, later on the day.

Kerber had stopped Serena in the Australian Open final and last month Spain’s Garbine Muguruza also kept the 34-year-old waiting to equal Graf’s mark when she beat her in the French Open final.

But this time Williams would not be denied.

“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it [Graf’s record],” a smiling Williams, cheered on by Beyonce and Jay Z as well as sister Venus in her support box, said.

“I had a couple of tries this year but lost to two great opponents, one of them being Angelique. But it makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it.

Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou insists that there is more to come from Serena.

The Frenchman says: “Now that she has 22, Serena is not someone who equals records. She is someone who beats records.

“What makes her the champion she is, is this ability to immediately forget what she has achieved and focus on something else. That’s what makes Serena.

“We were in a situation in the last eight months that was not comfortable. I was not feeling Serena being herself and this is what I was looking for to find back the real Serena.

“The most important thing is that we got Serena back.”

Williams put the icing on the cake of another magnificent Wimbledon campaign by teaming up with Venus for a sixth doubles crown.

The reigning Olympic champs beat Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 and 6-4 on Centre Court – hours after Serena claimed her record-equaling 22nd grand slam singles title.

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