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.