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Wimbledon final live: Serena Williams wins seventh title to equal Steffi Graf record after beating Angelique Kerber

Follow the latest from the Women's Wimbledon final as Serena Williams takes on Angelique Kerber

Samuel Lovett
Saturday 09 July 2016 12:32
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Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon women’s singles final to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam Open-era championships and clinch her seventh Wimbledon crown to gain revenge for her defeat by Kerber at the Australian Open. Re-live the action here.

  • Serena Williams wins seventh Wimbledon title by defeating Angelique Kerber
  • Williams secures straight-sets victory with 7-5, 6-3 win
  • Williams equals Steffi Graf's record of 22 Open-era Grand Slam titles
  • Kerber unable to replicate upset victory in the Australian Open last January
  • Williams now just two Grand Slam wins behind Margaret Court

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Head-to-head record:

2016: Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 (Australian Open final)

2014: Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 7-6, 6-3 (Stanford final)

2014: Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2 (Miami Masters quarter-final)

2013: Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1 (WTA Championships)

2012: Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 (WTA Championships)

2012: Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 (Cincinnati Masters quarter-final)

2007: Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-5 (US Open first round)

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*Serena Williams 2-1 Angelique Kerber

Kerber sends a swerving serve to Williams' left that the American manages to reach but can't get enough strength behind her backhand return. It goes well wide of the court and seems to make its way into the crowd. Another backhand error takes it to 30-0 but Williams drops a well-placed shot just inside Kerber's service box to take it to 30-15. Two unforced errors from both parties take it to 40-30 but the German settles the game with a fierce serve to Williams backhand that she blasts into the net.

Samuel Lovett9 July 2016 14:31
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Serena Williams 3-2 Angelique Kerber*

A whipped forehand follows Williams' first serve to give the American the first point. But Kerber proves that she's just as capable of making those big shots as she sends a looping baseline shot to the corner behind Serena. An unforced error from the German followed by another Williams' serve makes it 40-15. Williams' service has proved too much for her opponent so far though as she takes the game with yet another deep serve that the German can only waft at.

Samuel Lovett9 July 2016 14:35
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*Serena Williams 3-3 Angelique Kerber

Williams loses the first point with a wide forehand shot but Kerber follows it with her own unforced error. Another Williams forehand on the return shots off into the crowd before a sliced drop shot from the German clips the net to bounce just in reach for Williams. She attempts to return the shot but can only find the net. Kerber follows the point with an ace. The game is hers.

Samuel Lovett9 July 2016 14:38
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Serena Williams 4-3 Angelique Kerber*

Two back-to-back aces quickly put Serena in control but Kerber refuses to roll over. After an unforced Williams error, an outstanding rally breaks out between the two as the pair send their whipped forehand shots to one another's baseline. Kerber looks to mix it up with a softer forehand shot but it gives Williams the imitative for the next shot to approach the net where she volleys Kerber's return into space and out of reach. At 40-15, the game looks to be Williams but two unforced errors take it to deuce. She makes it advantage with a backhand stroke down the tramline. What happens next is sublime. From an impossible ankle to her right, Williams cuts the ball back across the court to the far tramline. Kerber races to meet it but her forehand shot loops beyond the baseline. Williams takes the game.

Samuel Lovett9 July 2016 14:43
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*Serena Williams 4-4 Angelique Kerber

Williams can't capitalsie on Kerber's slower second serve as she over-hits her forehand shot. A weak backhand from the centre of the baseline struggles to make it over the net as the German moves to 30-0.  The American fights back with a whipped forehand shot across the court for the next point before Kerber finds the net herself. Two more errors from Williams seal the deal though for Kerber who takes the game.

Samuel Lovett9 July 2016 14:46

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