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2016 Wimbledon

Serena Williams recites Maya Angelou poem before Wimbledon finals

Before her two victories, Williams delivered one of her favorite poems

Before her two victories of the day, before tying a record, Serena Williams recited the poem that may speak to her career the most: Still I Rise by late poet and author Maya Angelou.

The video montage posted by BBC walks through Williams’ journey on the court — her highs, her lows, her victories and her defeats — as the words of the poem flow in the background.

Williams’ latest win against Germany’s Angelique Kerber marked the 22nd Grand Slam title win of the 34-year-old’s career. Williams is No. 1 in WTA singles rankings, and is now tied for the most major championship wins in the Open era.

In an interview with Glamour magazine last month, Williams told writer Melissa Harris-Perry why Angelou is one of her favorite poets. The champion also recited Angelou’s poem during her Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year acceptance speech last year.

“The experiences [Maya Angelou] had of being African-American in the U.S. — that itself is a task,” Williams said. “I appreciate the hardships she went through for our generation. I’m superinfluenced by the black people that paved the way for us.”

View Williams’ montage below.

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Maya Jones is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a native New Orleanian who enjoys long walks down Frenchmen Street and romantic dates to Saints games.