Wimbledon women’s singles champion Serena Williams says that Saturday’s victory against Angelique Kerber was special after equalling Steffi Graf’s record 22 grand slam singles titles.
Williams defeated German fourth seed Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in a high-quality affair lasting 83 minutes to win her seventh Wimbledon singles title.
She returned to Centre Court to win her second Wimbledon title of the day as she and sister Venus triumphed in the doubles final beating Yaroslava Shvedova and Timea Babos 6-3, 6-4 to claim their sixth Wimbledon doubles crown.
In an interview with reporters after winning her seventh singles title at SW19, an excited Williams said there were a few blurs between grand slam titles won.
“There’s definitely some blurs between eight, nine and 10,” Williams told reporters.
“I don’t even know where eight, nine and 10 were, or when. I definitely don’t remember where 12 was. I remember one through four. Gets really blurry after that.
“But I will be able to definitely place this one.”
The last grand slam singles title Serena won was at Wimbledon last year when she beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the final and since then she had lost in the last three singles grand slam finals at the US Open, Australian Open and the French Open.
Williams went on to say that her goal has always to win at least one grand slam title a year and after at last managing to win her 22nd title, it was a special feeling.
“If I’m honest, coming so close, feeling it, not being able to quite get there,” said the American. “My goal is to win always at least a slam a year. It was getting down to the pressure.”
“I had to start looking at positives, not focusing on that one loss per tournament which really isn’t bad – for anyone else on this tour they would be completely happy about it,” she added.
“I learned that you can’t win everything, even though I try really hard. I still am not going to be perfect.
“Once I started focusing more on the positives, I realised that I’m pretty good. Then I started playing a little better.
“I think sometime after the French Open, (coach) Patrick (Mouratoglou) and I were talking, strategizing. He just said, you’re back. I guess he was right.”
Serena’s Grand Slam singles titles (22 wins): Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015); French Open (2002, 2013, 2015); Wimbledon (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016); U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014).