Looking spectacular in her high-collar Nike dress, Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber in the final of Wimbledon 2016, in two sets, but two difficult ones, and added yet another historic stat in her career, equaling Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles.
The world No.3 Kerber, who will climb to No.2 on Monday, opened the championship match by winning a nice, competitive point on Williams’ serve, but the defending champion answered by winning four straight points. What followed was Kerber’s long fight to hold her first service game, which included three break points, but the German didn’t allow a break and what proceeded were strong holds of serve by both players all the way to 6-5 for Williams. We know that the world No.1 Williams always steps up her game at crucial moments, while the pressure flooded Kerber. At 15-15 in the twelfth game, Kerber made two awkward errors, handing Williams two break and set points, and even though the German saved one, the second was too much for her and Williams won the set 7-5, whose energetic celebration showed how difficult the set behind her was.
The second set was somewhat similar, as all the games were holds, except for the eighth when Kerber dropped serve to give Williams a big 5-3 lead, which Williams naturally didn’t waste away, holding to love to win her seventh Wimbledon title, with Beyoncé and Jay Z supporting her from the stands (remember that Serena dances in Beyoncé’s video “Sorry” from the album “Lemonade”). Unlike in the first set, in the second set Kerber did have a break opportunity at 3-3, but Williams saved it in her signature fashion, with a blistering ace that totally demoralized her conqueror in this year’s Australian Open final.
Overall, Kerber definitely gave Williams a hard time, but it was Williams who more confidently won her service games and more often threatened her opponent’s serve.
Serena’s route to the title included victories over Amra Sadikovic in the first round, then a tough match against fellow American Christina McHale in the second, followed by a quick third round against Annika Beck, then victories over three Russians, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina, and finally Germany’s Kerber.