Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon, Ties Grand Slam Title Record

Tennis player matches Steffi Graf with 22 wins in each of four major tournaments in one year

Last Updated: July 9, 2016 @ 11:34 AM

Serena Williams won the Wimbledon finals on Saturday morning, and in so doing came one step closer to breaking a major tennis record.

Williams defeated Angelique Kerber at the annual British tournament. Williams has now won 22 Grand Slam titles, tying Steffi Graf’s Open-era record for Grand Slam singles titles.

For comparison, Roger Federer has won more Grand Slams than any male singles tennis player in history. He has won the title 17 times.

In order to claim a Grand Slam, a tennis player must win each of the four major tournaments –Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open, and the U.S. Open — in one calendar year.

Williams needs to claim the prestigious title three more times to defeat Margaret Court, who holds the overall record for Grand Slam titles after winning 24 over the course of her career.

“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it,” Williams said after her Wimbledon win, per USA Today.

Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players and athletes of all time. She was the highest-paid female athlete in the world in 2015, earning $24.6 million between tournament prize money and endorsements. That same year, she was also named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year,

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