Wimbledon Day 12: Serena Williams sees off Kerber to win 22nd grand slam title

Serena Williams had successfully defended her Wimbledon title as the American saw off Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber to win her record-equalling 22nd grand slam title.

Williams had fallen at the final in her past two grand slam finals, including losing to Kerber in the Australian Open final back in January, but she was not to be denied this time with a 7-5 6-3 win over Kerber to tie Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 grand slam titles.

Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbeldon title in eight years image: si.com

Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title in eight years
image: si.com

Kerber started off strong with a driving backhand winner on the very first point to mark intent on becoming the first German Wimbledon champion in 20 years but she did have to withstand some heavy pressure from the American.

Williams had clearly done her homework with two exquisite drop-shots, not allowing Kerber to sit behind the baseline which proved effective against Williams in the Australian Open final.

Kerber gave as good as she got with a slapping forehand in the ninth game leaving Williams lying on the grass but at 6-5, Williams got the break point she needed to win the first set as she capitalised on a whipping backhand out wide from the German.

The fourth seed came out in the second set with intent and earned her first break point of the match at 3-3 but Williams denied the 28-year-old to convert them with two aces, the second clocking 124 miles per hour.

A mishit backhand from Kerber handed Williams the break point and Williams made no mistake as she sealed a seventh Wimbledon title with a forehand volley.

You can check out more results from the penultimate day at Wimbledon at this link.

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