Williams equals Graf’s record with 22nd Slam

Serena WilliamsTennis – Wimbledon: Serena Williams equalled Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam victories by overcoming Angelique Kerber in the ladies singles final.

The straight sets victory 7-5, 6-3, was Miss Williams’ seventh Wimbledon title.

As she was confirmed the winner she fell to the floor and later held up two fingers on each hand to symbolise her tally of Grand Slam wins.

Apart from her Wimbledon titles she has won the US and Australian Opens six times, and the French three times.

Afterwards, she said: “It’s such a great feeling to be out here. First thank you to God Jehovah, I couldn’t have done it without him, and my family and whole team – thank you so much. It’s just been great. Angelique – I love playing her, she brings out great tennis in me and off court she’s a wonderful person to be around.”

It has taken Williams almost five years longer than Graf to reach 22 Grand Slam titles but with 17 years between her first and latest win – including nine in her 30s – she may yet beat Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.

Graf spent 377 weeks as world number one, whereas Williams became more involved in off-court activities and had to cope with injury. She has now passed 300 weeks and has also ended the year five times as world number one against Graf’s eight.

Reid gives Scotland another tennis prize

Reid and HewittTennis – Wimbledon: British pair Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewitt won the men’s wheelchair doubles, beating the French number one seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.

They became the first Britons to lift the trophy but had to come back from a set down. They also forfeited two championship points before finally overcoming their opponents.

“We didn’t like to do it the easy way. It’s a really special moment,” said 24-year-old Reid from Glasgow.

Reid, won the Australian Open in January, is also contesting the men’s wheelchair singles final on Sunday.



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