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Serena Williams clinches record Wimbledon singles crown and doubles win

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 July 2016, 10:55 IST

Women's world number one Serena Williams claimed her seventh Wimbledon victory by defeating Angelique Kerber (7-5, 6-3) and equalled Steffi Graf's the record of clinching 22 major titles on Saturday.

Tennis sensation Williams continued to script history during the day as she also won her sixth doubles crown with her sister Venus at the All England Club.

After winning her 21st Grand Slam in last year's Wimbledon championship, the star player had been struggling to match Steffi Graf's professional record of 22 grand slam singles titles.

Saturday witnessed Serena overpowering all the hurdles to emerge as champion over the German competitor and also to become one of the world's greatest tennis players.

"It's a great feeling to be here. Angelique brings out great tennis in me," said Serena.

"Number 22 is awesome. Centre Court feels like home," she added.

Kerber, who gave a great competition to Williams, appreciated the American player and said she deserves the victory.

"Serena you deserve it, you are a great champion and great person. We played a great match," said Kerber.

"It's an honour to play on Centre Court and a great feeling," she added.

In yet another great feat of Williams, she along with her sister defeated Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court.

This was the fourth time that Serena won both the Wimbledon singles and doubles in the same year.

First published: 10 July 2016, 10:55 IST