Serena Williams Won Wimbledon Twice This Weekend, Tying the Grand Slam Title Record in Singles and Making History with Sister Venus in Doubles
Venus and Serena Williams won the doubles title at Wimbledon, which means that Serena has won Wimbledon twice in five hours. It's the sisters' sixth doubles win at the tournament and their 14th Grand Slam together, and just like Serena's earlier singles victory, the doubles win is also historic: Only Martina Navratilova and Pam Schriver have won more doubles Grand Slams.
They won 6-3, 6-4 against Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan — a victory that's all the more impressive considering the sisters hadn't been seeded at all coming into Wimbledon (Babos and Shvedova were fifth-seeded).
Apparently Wimbledon was just a casual warm-up for the Olympics, where they won gold in 2012 and 2008. We'd say they pretty much crushed it — and we can't wait to see what they bring to the court in Rio.
Earlier: Tennis superstar (and July Glamour cover star) Serena Williams took home the Wimbledon title today, securing her 22nd Grand Slam title and officially tying German tennis legend Steffi Graf for the most titles since tennis' "Open era" began in 1968. In other words, this victory is a Really Big Deal.
The victory is also Serena's seventh Wimbledon, and it came after beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3.
Kerber, who hails from Germany and was the tournament's fourth seed, previously defeated Williams in the Australian Open. But Serena didn't let that shake her: She only dropped one set during the 12 days of Wimbledon. "It's been incredibly difficult not to think about it," she told the BBC. "It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked hard for it."
And there are two more landmarks to celebrate with the win: Serena is the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since the Open era began (she held the record last year, too), and she's also headed to the finals at seven of the past eight Grand Slams. Furthermore, in the run-up to her record-breaking 22 titles, she won four majors in a row—and her trophy case currently holds six from the Australian Open, three from the French and six at the U.S. Open (not to mention all those Wimbledons). There's no question she's one of the greatest athletes of all time.
But she's not quite done yet: Serena has the doubles final later with sister Venus. "This court definitely feels like home," she said. "I have a match later today in the doubles, so I'll be back out."
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