The world no 1 had been marooned on 21 Grand Slams since winning last year’s Wimbledon, but she rose to the occasion at the All England Club to retain the title and draw level with Steffi Graf’s Open era record.
|It was a thrilling match on Centre Court. Image: Guardian|
“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, who’d sprinted to the final without dropping a set in her six matches, said the American was a great champion.
“Serena you deserve it, you are a great champion and great person. We played a great match.
“It’s an honour to play on Centre Court and a great feeling.”
Williams now sits on the cusp equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles and was wreathed in smiles as she paraded the Venus Rosewater Dish around Centre Court and a cheque for £2 million.