NEWS BRIEF Serena Williams claimed a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, vanquishing Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon and avenging a loss to her at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Williams' 7-6, 5-3 victory—her seventh singles title at tennis’s most prestigious contest—matched Steffi Graf’s Grand Slam record in the Open era. The New York Times has more:
Williams, 34, has insisted that “22 has never been my goal,” but despite reaching three Grand Slam finals in a row this year, she had not been able to reach it.
She had not won a major championship since last year’s Wimbledon, losing in the semifinals at the 2015 United States Open and the finals at the Australian and French Opens this year.
Margaret Court holds the overall record for Grand Slam titles, with 24 from 1960 to 1973.
Williams exulted in her historic victory on Instagram:
A few hours later, Williams and her sister Venus defeated Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles championship, taking their 14th Grand Slam doubles title.