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2016 Wimbledon

Serena Williams’ Wimbledon win is serious #BlackGirlMagic

The 34-year-old also tied the Open era’s record of most championship wins with 22

It was a glorious day in the land of #BlackGirlMagic, thanks to Serena Williams’ hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 Wimbledon victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber early this morning.

All eyes were on Kerber and Williams for the rematch. Beyoncé and Jay Z were added bonuses in attendance to watch the intense moments unfold.

This was the pair’s first meeting since Kerber upset Williams with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory at the Australian Open in January.

“Every time I walk in this room, everyone expects me to win every single match, every single day of my life,” Williams told reporters in January. “As much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not. I try to. But, you know, I do the best that I can.”

Today, the tables were undoubtedly turned.

Williams’ speed and power were keys during the first set, which she used to keep Kerber, 28, guessing with light steps and quick, short hits. The two were briefly tied at 5, but Williams took advantage of wide hits that were out of Kerber’s range. The 7-5 loss was Kerber’s first dropped set of the tournament.

Williams, 34, dominated the second set from the beginning. At match point, a soft hit over the net confirmed the victory. Williams fell to the ground in dramatic fashion – elated and most likely exhausted as the crowd gave the champion a standing ovation. The two players shared a warm embrace.

Not only had Williams beaten Kerber in the rematch, she is now tied with Germany’s Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era, which is 22.

In a postmatch interview, Williams thanked God, her coaches, family, friends and fans before describing how she felt about her win and tying the record.

“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it,” Williams said. “I had a couple of tries this year and lost to two great opponents, one actually being Angelique. But it makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it.”

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.