Serena Williams has done it.
She defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany to secure her 7th Wimbledon title and tie Steffi Graf's all-time Grand Slam record. Williams now holds 22 Grand Slam wins.
The specter of Graf's record has hung over Williams in every match she's played since her last major win at Wimbledon in 2015. She says she appreciates the journey to winning the record.
"It makes it even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it."
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This historic win comes nearly 17 years after she won her first major tennis tournament, the U.S. Open, in 1999.
After her win, Serena reflected on how the experience of winning on the world stage has changed as she's gotten older.
"I feel like when you're younger you're obviously super excited and get really nervous," she said. "When you're older, you kinda have to win and you get used to winning. When you taste something you want it again and again and again. It's kind of addicting."
Williams is ready to conquer. "I'm totally ready, she explained.
"Obviously I want to get a title for V."
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