CityPress - - Sport - CAI­PHUS KGOSANA cai­phus.kgosana@city­press.co.za

When she claimed Wim­ble­don yesterday, Ser­ena Wil­liams moved one step closer to great­ness. The most pres­ti­gious grand slam on the cir­cuit be­came Wil­liams’ 21st ma­jor and puts her just one grand slam short of St­effi Graf’s 22 open era ma­jor ti­tles. It also put her one grand slam closer to com­plet­ing another Ser­ena Slam – col­lect­ing all four ma­jor ti­tles in suc­ces­sion – a feat she last achieved in 2002 and the early part of 2003.

She has al­ready won the Aus­tralian Open and the French Open, and is on an in­cred­i­ble match-win­ning streak, los­ing just once in 39 matches this year. It was not an easy path to the Wim­ble­don ti­tle for Wil­liams. She was given a ma­jor scare by 23-year-old Bri­tish top seed Heather Wat­son, who had al­most the en­tire cen­tre court on its feet as she set out to achieve what looked al­most im­pos­si­ble, in the Wim­ble­don third-round clash.

Wil­liams had taken the first set com­fort­ably at 6-2 and was on her way to an ex­pected easy vic­tory when Wat­son raised the level of her game.

She came back strongly and took the sec­ond set, caus­ing mas­sive ex­cite­ment in the par­ti­san Bri­tish crowd that had packed cen­tre court.

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