Serena Williams wins 7th Wimbledon, 22nd overall Major title
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Serena Williams wins 7th Wimbledon, 22nd overall Major title
Thursday January 28th, 2016

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After defeating fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the 2016 Wimbledon women’s singles finals on Saturday, world No. 1 Serena Williams captured her seventh title at the All England Club and the 22nd Grand Slam singles title of her illustrious career.

The victory tied the 34-year-old Williams with tennis legend Steffi Graf for most singles championships in the Open Era.

After making history, here’s a look back at each one of Williams’s 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

KAY: Serena Williams captures 22nd Grand Slam title

1999 U.S. Open

Williams d. Hingis 6–3, 7–6 (7–4)

A 17-year-old Williams defeated then-world No. 1 Martina Hingis in the final to become the first African–American female to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open Era.

2002 French Open

S. Williams d. V. Williams 7–5, 6–3

Third-seeded Serena topped her second-seeded older sister Venus for the first time in a Grand Slam final when she won in straight sets at Roland Garros in 2002. 

2002 Wimbledon

S. Williams d. V. Williams 7–6 (7–4), 6–3

In 2002, the Williams siblings became the first set of sisters to compete for a Wimbledon title since 1884. Serena ousted two-time defending Wimbledon champion Venus in straight sets to capture her first title at the All England Club, as well as her first world No. 1 ranking.

2002 U.S. Open

S. Williams d. V. Williams 6–4, 6–2

For the third straight Grand Slam final, the Williams sisters met and Serena was the victor. The win made the younger Williams the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1996 to win three consecutive majors in the same season.

2003 Australian Open

S. Williams d. V. Williams 7–6 (7–4), 3–6, 6–4

Serena captured her first title at Melbourne Park with a three-set victory over Venus, marking her first “Serena Slam.”

2003 Wimbledon

S. Williams d. V. Williams 4–6, 6–4, 6–2

Serena defeated Venus in London for the second straight year after dropping the first set in the final, cruising in the next two sets for the title.

2005 Australian Open

Williams d. Davenport 2–6, 6–3, 6–0

The seventh-seeded Williams defeated then-world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport after dropping the first set and then winning 12 of the match’s next 15 games to take the title. 

2007 Australian Open

Williams d. Sharapova 6–1, 6–2

Williams defeated top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final to become the first unseeded female in the Open Era to win the title at Melbourne Park since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

2008 U.S. Open

Williams d. Jankovic 6–4, 7–5

Williams seized her first U.S. Open title in six years and reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking with her victory in straight sets over Jelena Jankovic.

2009 Australian Open

Williams d. Safina 6–0, 6–3

Williams, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, cruised past third-seeded Dinara Safina in less than an hour to win her fourth Australian Open and 10th major title.

2009 Wimbledon

S. Williams d. V. Williams 7–6 (7–3), 6–2

Serena avenged her loss to the elder Williams in the Wimbledon final the year before to take home her first Venus Rosewater Dish since 2003.

2010 Australian Open

Williams d. Henin 6–4, 3–6, 6–2

After going the distance against unseeded Belgian Justine Henin, Williams won the title at Melbourne Park for the second straight year. The then-12-time major champion tied tennis legend Billie Jean King in Grand Slam singles titles with her victory over Henin.

2010 Wimbledon​

Williams d. Zvonareva 6–3, 6–2

​The top-seeded Williams won back-to-back Wimbledon titles for the second time in her career when she defeated No. 21 Vera Zvonareva in 2010. She did not drop a single set in the tournament.

2012 Wimbledon

Williams d. Radwańska 6–1, 5–7, 6–2

Williams’s victory over Agnieszka Radwańska at Wimbledon in 2012 marked her first title since spending almost a year away from tennis with a leg injury and pulmonary embolism.

2012 U.S. Open

Williams d. Azarenka 6–2, 2–6, 7–5

Fresh off a Wimbledon championship in July and gold medal at the London Olympics in August, Williams became the first female tennis player to reach $40 million in on-court earnings with her U.S. Open title over Victoria Azarenka in September.

2013 French Open

Williams d. Sharapova 6–4, 6–4

Williams and Sharapova met for the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 women’s final at Roland Garros since Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario faced off in 1995. Williams’s French Open title was the second of her career, and first in 11 years.

2013 U.S. Open

Williams d. Azarenka 7–5, 6–7 (6–8), 6–1

For the second consecutive year, Williams defeated Azarenka in three sets to capture the U.S. Open title. The win made Williams the first woman to eclipse the $9 million-mark in single season earnings, and gave her a career total of more than $50 million in prize money.

2014 U.S. Open

Williams d. Wozniacki 6–3, 6–3

Williams, who did not drop a single set in the tournament, defeated No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki for her third consecutive U.S. Open championship. With the title, Williams tied Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with 18 Grand Slam singles titles in her career.

2015 Australian Open

Williams d. Sharapova 6–3, 7–6 (7–5)

The 33-year-old Williams became the oldest winner of the women’s singles title at Melbourne Park in the Open Era when she topped Sharapova in straight sets.

2015 French Open

Williams d. Šafářová 6–3, 6–7 (2–7), 6–2

Williams won the third French Open title of her career after staving off No. 13 Lucie Šafářová in three sets, making her the first woman since Monica Seles in 1991–92 to win consecutive U.S., Australian and French Open titles.

2015 Wimbledon

Williams d. Muguruza 6–4, 6–4

Williams completed the second “Serena Slam” of her career and won her sixth Wimbledon title when she bested No. 20 Garbiñ​e Muguruza in straight sets on Centre Court.

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2016 Wimbledon

Williams d. Kerber 7-5, 6-3

After falling to Kerber at the 2016 Australian Open final, Williams avenged her loss to the German and captured her seventh Wimbledon title, tying Steffi Graf’s Open Era record for most-ever Grand Slam singles titles at 22.

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