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Serena Williams wins 7th Wimbledon, equals Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slams

Tennis star Serena Williams powered to her seventh Wimbledon win as the World No. 1 finally claimed her 22nd Grand Slam title, equalling Steffi Graf's record, with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final.

Serena Williams wins 7th Wimbledon, equals Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slams
US player Serena Williams celebrates winning the first set against Germany's Angelique Kerber during the women's singles final on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016. Pic/AFP

Williams had been stuck on 21 Grand Slams since winning last year's Wimbledon, but the American ace ended that frustrating barren spell to retain the title and draw level with Steffi Graf's Open era record.

Germany's Angelique Kerber returns against US player Serena Williams during the women's singles final on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016
Germany's Angelique Kerber returns against US player Serena Williams during the women's singles final on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016. Pic/AFP

Serena was pushed hard by Kerber in a high-quality clash lasting 81 minutes on Centre Court, but the German fourth seed eventually crumbled under a barrage of 39 winners and 13 aces from the defending champion.

US player Serena Williams poses with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016
US player Serena Williams poses with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber on the thirteenth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2016

"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."

Kerber said the American was a great champion.

"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."

Having avenged her shock loss against Kerber in the Australian Open final in January, Williams was wreathed in smiles as she paraded the Venus Rosewater Dish around Centre Court after collecting a cheque for £2 million ($2.5 million, 2.3 million euros).

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